Iowa Workforce Development released the information Friday. Of the 12 counties in northwest Iowa, in the listening area, seven counties saw lower unemployment rates, three remained he same, while one county, Dickinson, saw unemployment numbers increase, from 4.6 to 5.0 percent. The counties that showed lower rates and their percentages include Buena Vista from 4.0 to 3.8, Clay from 4.2 to 4.1, Kossuth from 3.2 percent to 3.1, Lyon from 2.3 to 2.2, O'Brien fell from 3.7 to 3.4, Palo Alto from 3.6 to 3.4, Pocahontas from 3.9 to 3.6 and Sioux County from 3.0 to 2.8
the three counties that held steady from October to November included Cherokee at 3.8 percent, Emmet at 4.1 percent and Osceola at 3.8 percent.
The statewide umployment rate in November was 4.9 percent, down from 5.1 percent in October.