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Ames, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ames rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2014 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Ames peaked in November 2009 at 4.8% and is now 1.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in December 2013, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Ames unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Iowa 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
Ames 3.3% +0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 2,381. There are now 723 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,611 in December 2013, the number of unemployed has now grown by 47. Ames employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ames, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Ames 1,658 +42 -151

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ames, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7% 4.5%
February
2014
6.7% 4.4% 3.3% 1,658
January
2014
6.6% 4.3% 3.2% 1,616
December
2013
6.7% 4.2% 3.2% 1,611
November
2013
7.0% 4.2% 3.3% 1,658
October
2013
7.2% 4.4% 3.5% 1,711
September
2013
7.2% 4.5% 3.6% 1,737
August
2013
7.2% 4.7% 3.6% 1,738
July
2013
7.3% 4.8% 3.5% 1,701
June
2013
7.5% 4.8% 3.5% 1,667
May
2013
7.5% 4.8% 3.5% 1,668
April
2013
7.5% 4.7% 3.6% 1,710
March
2013
7.5% 4.8% 3.7% 1,780

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.