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Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa Job Growth

There were 355,400 jobs in Des Moines, Iowa in December 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 331,008 employed persons for the month. Des Moines added 300 jobs in December 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 1,448 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Des Moines job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 355,400 +300 +5,400
CPS 331,008 -1,448 +1,364

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 June 2016 at 357,000. Since then 1,600 jobs have been lost in Des Moines according to the employer survey. From a trough of 352,400 in October 2016, Des Moines has gained 3,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 333,496 for Des Moines in October 2016. 2,488 jobs have been lost in Des Moines since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2016

Des Moines, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2016 355,400 300 331,008 -1,448
November 2016 355,100 2,700 332,456 -1,040
October 2016 352,400 -1,300 333,496 1,334
September 2016 353,700 -3,300 332,162 2,006
August 2016 357,000 500 330,156 -286
July 2016 356,500 -500 330,442 30
June 2016 357,000 2,200 330,412 966
May 2016 354,800 2,700 329,446 658
April 2016 352,100 3,100 328,788 447
March 2016 349,000 -600 328,341 -1,368
February 2016 349,600 -2,400 329,709 -986
January 2016 352,000 2,000 330,695 1,051