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Appanoose County has state's highest unemployment rate

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The southeast Iowa job market remains red-hot.

According to Iowa Workforce Development, in most counties across the Heartland the November unemployment rate dropped below 3%.

That puts the Heartland in line with the state-wide average and well below the nation average.

That included a unemployment rate of 2.4% in Wapello County.

And an almost unbelievable 1.9% in Jefferson County.

In fact the only slight concern in the November data comes from Appanoose County which recorded a 4.3%

That makes it the only one of of Iowa's 99 counties to have a unemployment rate above above 3.1.

A jobless rate around 4% is hardly a disaster, but most economists consider a 4% unemployment rate to be full employment.

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