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Iowa Unemployment Continues to Drop; C19 Cases are Growing

Iowa's unemployment rate for September dropped to 4.7%, continuing a five-month trend of hiring after the state's economy was hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

 Iowa Workforce Development reported today that the unemployment rate was down from 6% in August. The rate has declined every month since April when unemployment peaked in Iowa.

The U.S. unemployment rate in September was 7.9%.


Coronavirus cases continue to mount in Iowa and Siouxland. 

There have been 35 new cases in Woodbury County added to the total case count in the last 24 hours, and one additional death reported of an elderly female. There are 63 people hospitalized with COVID-19. The county has had more than 68 hundred cases of the coronavirus and 90 deaths.

The state is reporting more than 501 people are now hospitalized for COVID-19.

Another 14 people with COVID-19 have died in Iowa, and there have been an additional 727 confirmed cases, the state reported today. 

According to the state's Coronavirus.Iowa.gov website, the state was reporting 1,548 COVID-19-related deaths, an increase of 14 deaths since yesterday. 

The state reported at 10 a.m. today that there are 108,297 confirmed coronavirus cases, an increase of 727 since 10 a.m. Monday. According to the state's website, there were 205 confirmed cases Monday. 

Native American tribes opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline once again have asked a federal judge to stop the flow of oil while the legal battle over the line's future plays out.

The Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes succeeded on their first attempt, only to have an appeals court overturn a U.S. District Judge's shutdown order earlier this year. The tribes argue that potential harm to their water supply outweighs any economic impacts of shutting down the line, which has been moving North Dakota oil to Illinois for more than three years.


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