Iowa’s unemployment rate dropped to 2.8 percent in December, according to new Iowa Workforce Development numbers released on Tuesday. That number is down from 3.5 percent one year ago. It's also down from 2.9 percent in November.

Total nonfarm employment gained 7,100 jobs. The manufacturing sector added 3,300 jobs, marking the fourth consecutive month of job growth. Healthcare and social assistance added 1,600 jobs. Leisure and hospitality added 1,000 jobs. In total, 28,300 jobs have been added in Iowa over the past year.

Iowa’s unemployment rate is currently at a 17-year low. Nationally, the unemployment rate remains at 4.1 percent.

Iowa is tied with Vermont for fifth lowest unemployment rate in the country.