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Ames, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ames fell 0.2 percentage points in October 2017 to 1.8%. 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 3.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Ames unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
Iowa 3.0% -0.2 -0.6
Ames 1.8% -0.2 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2017 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

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 1,384 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Ames employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ames, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Ames 1,021 -149 -290

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ames, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployed
November
2017
4.1%
October
2017
4.1% 3.0% 1.8% 1,021
September
2017
4.2% 3.2% 2.0% 1,170
August
2017
4.4% 3.3% 2.1% 1,190
July
2017
4.3% 3.2% 1.9% 1,096
June
2017
4.4% 3.2% 1.9% 1,112
May
2017
4.3% 3.1% 2.1% 1,202
April
2017
4.4% 3.1% 2.1% 1,184
March
2017
4.5% 3.1% 2.1% 1,201
February
2017
4.7% 3.2% 2.0% 1,171
January
2017
4.8% 3.4% 2.2% 1,241
December
2016
4.7% 3.5% 2.2% 1,273

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.