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Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa Job Growth

There were 361,800 jobs in Des Moines, Iowa in March 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 335,116 employed persons for the month. Des Moines lost 1,400 jobs in March 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 16 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Des Moines job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 361,800 -1,400 +5,600
CPS 335,116 +16 +4,124

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

Des Moines, Iowa Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Des Moines 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 Des Moines, Iowa

CES employment for Des Moines peaked in February 2017 at 363,200. Since then 1,400 jobs have been lost in Des Moines according to the employer survey.

CPS employment in March 2017 for Des Moines is at a new high of 335,116.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2017

Des Moines, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2017 361,800 -1,400 335,116 16
February 2017 363,200 1,300 335,100 74
January 2017 361,900 300 335,026 631
December 2016 361,600 700 334,395 -247
November 2016 360,900 1,800 334,642 55
October 2016 359,100 200 334,587 1,006
September 2016 358,900 -400 333,581 969
August 2016 359,300 -1,000 332,612 750
July 2016 360,300 4,900 331,862 1,149
June 2016 355,400 -500 330,713 631
May 2016 355,900 -400 330,082 -338
April 2016 356,300 100 330,420 -572