Department of Numbers

Ames, Iowa Job Growth

There were 53,100 jobs in Ames, Iowa in May 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 55,980 employed persons for the month. Ames lost 600 jobs in May 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 332 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Ames job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 53,100 -600 +700
CPS 55,980 -332 +261

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 February 2017 at 53,900. Since then 800 jobs have been lost in Ames according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 56,358 for Ames in March 2017. 378 jobs have been lost in Ames since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2017

Ames, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2017 53,100 -600 55,980 -332
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
November 2016 52,700 100 55,725 -71
October 2016 52,600 -100 55,796 -1
September 2016 52,700 100 55,797 42
August 2016 52,600 100 55,755 55
July 2016 52,500 0 55,700 29
June 2016 52,500 100 55,671 -48