Department of Numbers

Iowa Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Iowa fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2015 to 3.4%. The state unemployment rate was 1.6 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 3.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in November 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Iowa unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Iowa 3.4% 0.0 -0.9

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

Unemployment Rate: Iowa, National

Iowa monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Iowa Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Iowa peaked in June 2009 at 112,585. There are now 54,319 fewer people unemployed in the state. Iowa job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Iowa 58,266 -485 -15,357

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Iowa from 1990 to December 2015

Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 3.4% 58,266
November 2015 5.0% 3.4% 58,751
October 2015 5.0% 3.5% 60,424
September 2015 5.1% 3.6% 61,416
August 2015 5.1% 3.7% 62,526
July 2015 5.3% 3.8% 63,942
June 2015 5.3% 3.7% 63,887
May 2015 5.5% 3.8% 64,807
April 2015 5.4% 3.8% 65,599
March 2015 5.5% 4.0% 68,010
February 2015 5.5% 4.1% 70,294