Department of Numbers

Iowa Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Iowa fell 0.1 percentage points in March 2015 to 4.0%. The state unemployment rate was 1.5 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 2.6 percentage points lower. You can also see Iowa unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% 0.0 -1.1
Iowa 4.0% -0.1 -0.4

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

Unemployment Rate: Iowa, National

Iowa monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 44,744 fewer people unemployed in the state. Iowa job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Iowa 67,841 -2,453 -6,180

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployed
April 2015 5.4%
March 2015 5.5% 4.0% 67,841
February 2015 5.5% 4.1% 70,294
January 2015 5.7% 4.2% 71,825
December 2014 5.6% 4.3% 73,623
November 2014 5.8% 4.3% 73,696
October 2014 5.7% 4.3% 73,829
September 2014 5.9% 4.3% 73,978
August 2014 6.1% 4.3% 74,105
July 2014 6.2% 4.3% 74,179
June 2014 6.1% 4.4% 74,206
May 2014 6.3% 4.4% 74,152