Department of Numbers

Iowa Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Iowa rose 0.1 percentage points in April 2016 to 3.9%. The state unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Iowa peaked in May 2009 at 6.6% and is now 2.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in October 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see Iowa unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.4
Iowa 3.9% +0.1 +0.2

Unemployment Rate: Iowa, National

Iowa monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to April 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Iowa Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Iowa peaked in June 2009 at 112,585. There are now 46,492 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 59,428 in December 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 6,665. Iowa job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Iowa 66,093 +634 +3,825

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Iowa from 1990 to April 2016

Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployed
April 2016 5.0% 3.9% 66,093
March 2016 5.0% 3.8% 65,459
February 2016 4.9% 3.7% 63,179
January 2016 4.9% 3.5% 60,234
December 2015 5.0% 3.5% 59,428
November 2015 5.0% 3.5% 59,743
October 2015 5.0% 3.5% 60,196
September 2015 5.1% 3.6% 60,711
August 2015 5.1% 3.6% 61,229
July 2015 5.3% 3.6% 61,628
June 2015 5.3% 3.6% 61,833
May 2015 5.5% 3.6% 61,985