Iowa Job Openings Concentrated in Urban Areas

IL: Bureau Of Labor Statistics Releases Monthly Report

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IOWA - The bulk of Iowa's job opportunities are in its biggest urban areas.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that six counties - Polk, Linn, Johnson, Scott, Black Hawk and Dubuque - have more job openings than Iowa’s 93 other counties combined.

Those counties make up 40 percent of Iowa’s population.

The Gazette's analysis of data from Iowa Workforce Development shows a large number of jobs in the Health care and social assistance, but fewer jobs in the hard hit industries of manufacturing and construction.

Iowa ended the federal government's $300 additional payment for unemployment claims over the weekend, with governor Reynolds saying they discouraged people from returning to work.

There are more than 68,000 job openings in Iowa.

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