Department of Numbers

Iowa Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Iowa fell 0.2 percentage points in January 2017 to 3.3%. 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 3.3 percentage points lower. You can also see Iowa unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Iowa 3.3% -0.2 -0.5

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

Unemployment Rate: Iowa, National

Iowa monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 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 56,008 fewer people unemployed in the state. Iowa job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Iowa 56,577 -2,427 -7,917

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployed
February 2017 4.7%
January 2017 4.8% 3.3% 56,577
December 2016 4.7% 3.5% 59,004
November 2016 4.6% 3.5% 59,844
October 2016 4.8% 3.6% 60,840
September 2016 4.9% 3.6% 61,930
August 2016 4.9% 3.7% 62,979
July 2016 4.9% 3.7% 63,731
June 2016 4.9% 3.8% 64,077
May 2016 4.7% 3.8% 64,100
April 2016 5.0% 3.8% 64,026
March 2016 5.0% 3.8% 64,038