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Iowa, Hawaii tied for lowest jobless rate: 2.4 percent

December 21, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — New reports say Iowa and Hawaii tied for the nation’s lowest preliminary unemployment rate in November: 2.4 percent.

Iowa Workforce Development released the state figure Friday, saying it matched Iowa’s October number and was a half a point lower than the 2.9 percent of November 2017.

The national unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.7 percent in November.

The department says there were an estimated 40,600 unemployed Iowa residents in November, and 1,648,900 people held jobs.

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