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Iowa jobless rate drops to 4.7 percent in April

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa Workforce Development says the state's unemployment rate dropped to 4.7 percent in April, the lowest rate since December 2008.

The department reported Friday that the figure is two-tenths of a point below the March rate of 4.9 percent. The rate is half a point under the April 2012 rate of 5.2 percent.

The number of unemployed people dropped to 77,800 in April, compared with 80,500 in March. Nonfarm employment remained unchanged over the month but is down 11,900 people from April 2012.