Iowa Workforce Development says last month, Dubuque gained 700 jobs compared to June of last year. The agency says number of seasonal job losses was light and that helped boost job growth.
The employment sectors in Dubuque that gained jobs year-over-year include goods-producing industries with 300, and private services with 600. Workforce Development reports slight losses in trade and transportation and a loss of 200 jobs in government.
Dubuque County's June unemployment rate was 2.9% compared to 3.8% for the same month last year.
Unemployment in Iowa City dropped last month compared to June a year ago. Workforce Development says last month, the metro area added 3,700 jobs, due to an increase of 2,000 government jobs and 1,700 private services positions.
Professional and business services added 600 jobs. Trade, transportation, and warehousing gained 400 jobs. And goods-producing industries also gained 400 jobs. Last month, the jobless rate in Johnson County was 2.9% percent, down slightly from 3.1% a year ago.
Iowa's unemployment rate in June was 3.2%, down from 3.8% in 2016. And the US jobless rate was 4.4% percent compared to 4.9% in June of last year.