Iowa gained 29,300 jobs in July, pushing total nonfarm employment to 1.48 million, 
Iowa Workforce Development reported today. Private industries added 20,700 jobs, fueled by service industries such as health care and social assistance along with administrative and support services. Overall, Iowa’s July seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 6.6%. In June, the rate was 8.4%. In July 2019, 1.58 million Iowans were employed in nonfarm jobs and another 47,500, or 2.7%, were out of work, the agency reported. “It is much better for our economic recovery if Iowa can move people off of unemployment and back into full-time jobs,” Beth Townsend, the agency’s director, said in a prepared statement. This week, the state agency announced that 90,154 Iowans received unemployment benefits during the week that ended on Saturday, down 7% from the previous week. The agency also announced that many out-of-work Iowans who receive jobless benefits must begin searching for work on Sept. 8 or risk losing benefits. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 10.2% in July.