Department of Numbers

Ames, Iowa Job Growth

There were 53,500 jobs in Ames, Iowa in November 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 56,896 employed persons for the month. Ames added 300 jobs in November 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 88 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Ames job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 53,500 +300 +700
CPS 56,896 -88 +616

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 April 2016 at 53,600. Since then 100 jobs have been lost in Ames according to the employer survey. From a trough of 53,100 in September 2016, Ames has gained 400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 56,984 for Ames in October 2016. 88 jobs have been lost in Ames since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2016

Ames, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2016 53,500 300 56,896 -88
October 2016 53,200 100 56,984 106
September 2016 53,100 -100 56,878 328
August 2016 53,200 -300 56,550 58
July 2016 53,500 0 56,492 134
June 2016 53,500 100 56,358 130
May 2016 53,400 -200 56,228 -202
April 2016 53,600 900 56,430 113
March 2016 52,700 -500 56,317 -99
February 2016 53,200 100 56,416 -5
January 2016 53,100 300 56,421 65
December 2015 52,800 0 56,356 76