Iowa companies added 15,100 jobs in March, pushing the state’s total nonfarm employment to more than 1.52 million jobs, new data from Iowa Workforce Development shows. In March 2020, 1.58 million Iowans were employed in nonfarm-related jobs, agency data shows. “It is good news for Iowa that the hospitality industry added over 4,000 jobs since December, as that indicates people are getting out and doing things we took for granted pre-pandemic like visiting our local restaurant or movie theater,” Beth Townsend, the agency’s directors, said in a prepared statement. “I am hopeful this return to normal will continue across all industries and help us return to our usual low unemployment rate.” The agency also reported that Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.7% in March, the same as February’s revised rate. A year ago, Iowa’s jobless rate was 2.9%. The U.S. unemployment rate in March was 6%, a slight decline from February’s rate of 6.2%.