Jasper County's unemployment rate inched up to 4.9 percent in November, statistics released by Iowa Workforce Development last week indicate.
The November jobless rate is .2 percent higher than October's 4.7 percent rate, the low point for Jasper County for the year. The statewide unemployment rate of 4.4 percent in November was the lowest rate recorded in five years.
Workforce Development data show a total of 860 resident unemployed individuals in November, up 60 from October's rate, the low point for the year.
Total resident employment in November stood at 16,480 in November, up 240 from October's figure. However, the total resident labor force also increased substantially in November to 17,330, the high point of the year and 290 more than the previous month.
In November 2012, Jasper County's unemployment rate stood at 5.8 percent.
Jasper County's unemployment rate remains one of the highest in the state with only seven counties recording higher rates in November led by Lee County's 6.0 percent rate.