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Ames, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ames fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2014 to 3.2%. 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 1.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in August 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Ames unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.1 -1.4
Iowa 4.5% -0.1 +0.1
Ames 3.2% 0.0 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2014 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 March 2010 at 2,380. There are now 727 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,541 in August 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 112. Ames employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ames, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Ames 1,653 +31 -28

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ames, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployed
November
2014
5.8%
October
2014
5.8% 4.5% 3.2% 1,653
September
2014
5.9% 4.6% 3.2% 1,622
August
2014
6.1% 4.5% 3.0% 1,541
July
2014
6.2% 4.5% 3.1% 1,578
June
2014
6.1% 4.4% 3.1% 1,581
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

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.