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 2014 to 4.5%. The state unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Iowa peaked in August 2009 at 6.4% and is now 1.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in November 2013, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Iowa unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.1 -1.4
Iowa 4.5% -0.1 +0.1

Unemployment Rate: Iowa, National

Iowa monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Iowa Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Iowa peaked in October 2009 at 106,624. There are now 29,836 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 70,653 in November 2013, the number of unemployed has now grown by 6,135. Iowa job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Iowa 76,788 -900 +2,651

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Iowa from 1990 to October 2014

Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployed
October 2014 5.8% 4.5% 76,788
September 2014 5.9% 4.6% 77,688
August 2014 6.1% 4.5% 76,546
July 2014 6.2% 4.5% 76,655
June 2014 6.1% 4.4% 74,296
May 2014 6.3% 4.4% 73,910
April 2014 6.3% 4.3% 73,536
March 2014 6.7% 4.5% 75,765
February 2014 6.7% 4.4% 74,180
January 2014 6.6% 4.3% 71,590
December 2013 6.7% 4.2% 70,963
November 2013 7.0% 4.2% 70,653
October 2013 7.2% 4.4% 74,137