Department of Numbers

Ames, Iowa Job Growth

There were 53,900 jobs in Ames, Iowa in November 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 56,398 employed persons for the month. Ames added 100 jobs in November 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 148 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Ames job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 53,900 +100 +1,200
CPS 56,398 -148 +673

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Ames, Iowa Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Ames as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Ames, Iowa

CES employment for Ames peaked in August 2017 at 54,300. Since then 400 jobs have been lost in Ames according to the employer survey. From a trough of 53,800 in September 2017, Ames has gained 100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 56,586 for Ames in September 2017. 188 jobs have been lost in Ames since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2017

Ames, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2017 53,900 100 56,398 -148
October 2017 53,800 0 56,546 -40
September 2017 53,800 -500 56,586 37
August 2017 54,300 900 56,549 227
July 2017 53,400 0 56,322 104
June 2017 53,400 300 56,218 245
May 2017 53,100 -600 55,973 -339
April 2017 53,700 100 56,312 -46
March 2017 53,600 -300 56,358 127
February 2017 53,900 100 56,231 213
January 2017 53,800 1,000 56,018 379
December 2016 52,800 100 55,639 -86