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Ames, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ames fell 0.0 percentage points in June 2015 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Ames peaked in July 2009 at 4.9% and is now 2.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.4% in March 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Ames unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate June 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.3% -0.2 -0.8
Iowa 3.7% -0.1 -0.7
Ames 2.5% 0.0 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

Unemployment Rate: Ames, Iowa, National

Ames, Iowa monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Ames, Iowa Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Ames peaked in July 2009 at 2,405. There are now 966 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,399 in March 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 40. Ames employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ames, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Ames 1,439 +14 -214

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ames, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployed
June
2015
5.3% 3.7% 2.5% 1,439
May
2015
5.5% 3.8% 2.5% 1,425
April
2015
5.4% 3.8% 2.5% 1,439
March
2015
5.5% 4.0% 2.4% 1,399
February
2015
5.5% 4.1% 2.6% 1,502
January
2015
5.7% 4.2% 2.6% 1,540
December
2014
5.6% 4.3% 2.8% 1,622
November
2014
5.8% 4.3% 2.8% 1,637
October
2014
5.7% 4.3% 2.9% 1,658
September
2014
5.9% 4.3% 2.9% 1,663
August
2014
6.1% 4.3% 2.9% 1,649
July
2014
6.2% 4.3% 2.9% 1,644

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.