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Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa Job Growth

There were 370,000 jobs in Des Moines, Iowa in November 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 338,230 employed persons for the month. Des Moines added 2,500 jobs in November 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 183 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Des Moines job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 370,000 +2,500 +9,100
CPS 338,230 -183 +3,588

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 July 2017 at 371,200. Since then 1,200 jobs have been lost in Des Moines according to the employer survey. From a trough of 366,400 in September 2017, Des Moines has gained 3,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 339,459 for Des Moines in July 2017. 1,229 jobs have been lost in Des Moines since then according to the household survey. From a September 2017 low of 337,647, Des Moines has added 583 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2017

Des Moines, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2017 370,000 2,500 338,230 -183
October 2017 367,500 1,100 338,413 766
September 2017 366,400 -3,400 337,647 -193
August 2017 369,800 -1,400 337,840 -1,619
July 2017 371,200 900 339,459 249
June 2017 370,300 6,100 339,210 3,462
May 2017 364,200 -900 335,748 -898
April 2017 365,100 3,000 336,646 1,277
March 2017 362,100 -1,100 335,369 269
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