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Ames, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ames fell 0.0 percentage points in June 2014 to 3.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Ames peaked in February 2010 at 4.9% and is now 1.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in May 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Ames unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate June 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% -0.2 -1.4
Iowa 4.4% 0.0 -0.4
Ames 3.1% 0.0 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with June 2014 data as July 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 March 2010 at 2,380. There are now 795 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Ames employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ames, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Ames 1,585 -10 -168

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ames, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployed
July
2014
6.2%
June
2014
6.1% 4.4% 3.1% 1,585
May
2014
6.3% 4.4% 3.1% 1,595
April
2014
6.3% 4.3% 3.2% 1,622
March
2014
6.7% 4.5% 3.3% 1,672
February
2014
6.7% 4.4% 3.3% 1,670
January
2014
6.6% 4.3% 3.2% 1,640
December
2013
6.7% 4.2% 3.2% 1,630
November
2013
7.0% 4.2% 3.3% 1,654
October
2013
7.2% 4.4% 3.3% 1,681
September
2013
7.2% 4.5% 3.4% 1,708
August
2013
7.2% 4.7% 3.5% 1,731
July
2013
7.3% 4.8% 3.5% 1,745

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.