Department of Numbers

Iowa Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Iowa rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2014 to 4.4%. The state unemployment rate was 2.3 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 2.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in November 2013, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Iowa unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Iowa 4.4% +0.1 -0.5

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

Unemployment Rate: Iowa, National

Iowa monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 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 32,193 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 70,653 in November 2013, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,778. Iowa job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Iowa 74,431 +2,841 -6,709

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployed
March 2014 6.7%
February 2014 6.7% 4.4% 74,431
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
September 2013 7.2% 4.5% 74,908
August 2013 7.2% 4.7% 78,117
July 2013 7.3% 4.8% 80,601
June 2013 7.5% 4.8% 80,501
May 2013 7.5% 4.8% 80,045
April 2013 7.5% 4.7% 77,646
March 2013 7.5% 4.8% 79,259