Clay County unemployment rate drops to 8.3% in May

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Map of May unemployment rates by county in Iowa

The unemployment rate in Clay County dipped back below 10% in May to 8.3%, according to Iowa Workforce Development.

That’s an improvement of just over two percentage points compared to April, when the rate in the county spiked to 10.4% due to the economic impact of COVID-19.

The Clay County unemployment rate had jumped from 3.7% in March to the 10.4% mark in April.

For comparison, the May 2019 rate was just 2.5% in Clay County.

Neighboring counties also saw decreases in their jobless rates.

Dickinson County still has the highest May rate of any neighboring county at 9.6%, but that’s an improvement over the 12.9% rate reported for April.

Other counties showed varying degrees of improvement in May rates:

– Buena Vista County – 5.5% (April – 6.1%)
– Cherokee County – 6.2% (7.9%)
– Emmet County – 8.5% (9.6%)
– O’Brien County – 5.5% (6.7%)
– Osceola County – 5.2% (5.8%)
– Palo Alto County – 8.8% (10.6%)
– Pocahontas County – 5.5% (6.0%)

Iowa saw its statewide unemployment rate decrease to 10% in May from 11% in April.

The statewide rate is seasonally adjusted, while county rates are not.

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