Iowa, like all other U.S. States, has struggled during COVID-19. Let's go back to pre-pandemic times. In 2019, Governor Kim Reynolds was boasting about Iowa's tremendously low unemployment numbers. At that moment, January 2019, the unemployment rate in the Hawkeye state was 2.4%. The lowest in the nation.

Fast forward to COVID to last month, 2021 and it's 3.7%. That number matches February's unemployment numbers. Despite the percentage remaining the same, the number of Iowans receiving unemployment benefits increased slightly, by 200, in March according to Radio Iowa. On the flip side, the total number of people now working in Iowa grew by roughly 3,200.

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According to Iowa Workforce Development, the state’s hospitality industry has hired 4,000 people since December 2020, mostly for work in restaurants and hotels as Iowans, and Americans, once again begin to travel, dine out and return to some normality.

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Iowa is now tied for 7th in the U.S. for lowest unemployment. In front are, Nebraska 2.9%, South Dakota 2.9%, Utah 2.9%, Vermont 2.9%, New Hampshire 3.0%, and Idaho 3.2%.

In March 2020, Iowa’s unemployment rate was 2.9%.

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Stacker used data from the 2020 County Health Rankings to rank every state's average life expectancy from lowest to highest. The 2020 County Health Rankings values were calculated using mortality counts from the 2016-2018 National Center for Health Statistics. The U.S. Census 2019 American Community Survey and America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2019 data were also used to provide demographics on the senior population of each state and the state's rank on senior health care, respectively.

Read on to learn the average life expectancy in each state.

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