An Iowa Department of Human Resources report showed that the number of people who are unemployed in the state is currently 7.9%.
That is the highest unemployment rate since January 2020, when the state began tracking its jobless rate.
The report comes on the heels of a report released Thursday showing that the state’s unemployment rate fell below 6.8 percent in January 2018.
Iowa unemployment is now lower than at any time since the recession.
The Department of Labor said that Iowa had a jobless-to-unemployment ratio of 3.5 percent.
“We are working very hard to keep this job market alive,” said Chris Koster, president of the Iowa Chamber of Commerce.
“I know we have to be aggressive in our efforts, and I’m optimistic we will have a recovery this year.”
The number of Iowa jobs has continued to grow since the start of the year, but the state lost more than 100,000 jobs in January, according to the state.
In January, Iowa lost 4,000 construction jobs and 9,000 agriculture jobs.
In March, the state added more than 7,000 people in manufacturing, the report said.
But the state has been making progress since January.
The jobless ratio in Iowa has decreased from 8.5 to 7 percent.
Iowa’s jobless percentage is lower than that of most of the Midwest states.
According to a report from the Labor Department, the states of Illinois and Michigan are both in the bottom third of states for job creation, and the number has dropped by at least 40,000 since the end of 2016.
However, the number for Iowa has been increasing since the Great Recession.
In the first three months of 2017, the jobless in Iowa rose by 12,000.
“This is a long-term trend,” said Mark Pomeranz, a senior economist with the Des Moines Area Chamber of Industry.
“There are people who have gotten the most benefit from the recovery, and others who have lost jobs.
There’s been a lot of attrition in the economy.”
The Iowa unemployment rates also rose in March from 7.3 percent to 7,839.
The number is up by nearly 300,000 from January.
Koster said that, despite the decline, the overall unemployment rate in Iowa remains higher than most other states.
“Our unemployment rate is probably about as high as it could possibly be,” Koster told the Iowa State House Business and Industry Committee.
“The number of unemployed people is actually up and we’re working hard to get those people back.”
The state’s job growth is not as strong as many would like, Koster added.
In Iowa, Iowa’s unemployment is only slightly higher than its overall job creation rate.