Cedar Rapids Unemployment Rate Plunges

By Dave DeWitte, Reporter

The five-in-one dam (top) under Interstate 380 and the First Avenue bridge over the Cedar River in downtown Cedar Rapids on Saturday, May 30, 2011, in northeast Cedar Rapids. (SourceMedia Group News/Jim Slosiarek)

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By Aaron Hepker

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Cedar Rapids metro unemployment rate fell 1.1 percent to 4.6 percent in September on the strength of strong seasonal hiring in local government, education and health services.

The month-over-month gains in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids metros were the highest in the state’s large metros. The Iowa City MSA saw a 1.1 percent drop, to 3.2 percent.

An important footnote: The extremely low monthly local jobless numbers are not seasonally adjusted, whereas the statewide unemployment rate of 5.2 percent is seasonally adjusted.

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