Department of Numbers

Iowa Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Iowa fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2016 to 4.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 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 2.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in October 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also see Iowa unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Iowa 4.1% -0.1 +0.6

Note: All comparisons are made with October data as November state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Iowa, National

Iowa monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 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 42,259 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 59,428 in December 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 10,898. Iowa job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Iowa 70,326 -2,255 +10,130

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployed
November 2016 4.6%
October 2016 4.9% 4.1% 70,326
September 2016 5.0% 4.2% 72,581
August 2016 4.9% 4.2% 72,781
July 2016 4.9% 4.1% 70,712
June 2016 4.9% 4.0% 68,212
May 2016 4.7% 3.9% 66,642
April 2016 5.0% 3.9% 66,203
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