- Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent in November thanks to holiday hiring and warm fall weather.

Iowa Workforce Development reported Friday that the rate fell from 4.1 percent in October as the number of unemployed residents decreased by 5,400 in November to about 65,000. The number of working residents also fell slightly.

Agency Director Beth Townsend credited holiday hiring and a delay in wintry weather that typically reduces employment.

The November rate is higher than Iowa’s 3.5 percent unemployment rate in November 2015. It remains below the national rate of 4.6 percent.

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