The unemployment rate in Marion County remained below the statewide average for the month of October, according to data released earlier this month by Iowa Workforce Development. Marion County’s Unemployment rate for October was 5.3 percent, down from 5.7 percent in September. The 5.3 percent unemployment rate is the lowest percentage in Marion County in 2009, and compares to a statewide average of 6.7 percent and 10.2 percent unemployment nationally.

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