Department of Numbers

Iowa Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Iowa fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2017 to 2.8%. The state unemployment rate was 1.3 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 3.8 percentage points lower. You can also see Iowa unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Iowa 2.8% -0.1 -0.7

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 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Iowa Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Iowa peaked in June 2009 at 112,585. There are now 65,575 fewer people unemployed in the state. Iowa job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Iowa 47,010 -2,111 -11,994

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Iowa from 1990 to December 2017

Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployed
January 2018 4.1%
December 2017 4.1% 2.8% 47,010
November 2017 4.1% 2.9% 49,121
October 2017 4.1% 3.0% 50,974
September 2017 4.2% 3.2% 54,680
August 2017 4.4% 3.3% 55,281
July 2017 4.3% 3.2% 54,500
June 2017 4.3% 3.2% 53,736
May 2017 4.3% 3.1% 53,092
April 2017 4.4% 3.1% 52,199
March 2017 4.5% 3.1% 52,052
February 2017 4.7% 3.2% 53,844