DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa unemployment remained stable in September at 6.7 percent.
Despite the lack of change in unemployment percentages, Iowa Workforce Development Director Elisabeth Buck says the state faces a growing problem with persistent long-term joblessness.
One year ago 71,000 Iowans were unemployed, but in September 2009 the number was 113,100.
Iowa's total nonfarm employment declined by 1,200 in September, to 1,478,300.
There were 2,400 jobs added in manufacturing in September.
Education and health services continued to create jobs, posting a gain of 1,600 for the month. Meanwhile, leisure and hospitality saw an increase of 1,000 jobs as restaurants and recreational facilities retained summer employment levels longer than usual.
Government employment decreased by 1,200, mostly due to reductions in local government.
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