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Ames, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ames fell 0.2 percentage points in July 2015 to 2.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Ames peaked in July 2009 at 4.9% and is now 2.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Ames unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.3% 0.0 -0.9
Iowa 3.8% +0.1 -0.5
Ames 2.3% -0.2 -0.6
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 1,054 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Ames employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ames, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Ames 1,351 -91 -293

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ames, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployed
July
2015
5.3% 3.8% 2.3% 1,351
June
2015
5.3% 3.7% 2.5% 1,442
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

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.