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Ames, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ames fell 0.0 percentage points in April 2017 to 2.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Ames peaked in July 2009 at 4.9% and is now 2.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.0% in February 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Ames unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% -0.1 -0.6
Iowa 3.1% 0.0 -0.7
Ames 2.1% 0.0 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2017 data as May 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 1,220 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,171 in February 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 14. Ames employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ames, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Ames 1,185 -16 -182

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ames, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployed
May
2017
4.3% 3.1%
April
2017
4.4% 3.1% 2.1% 1,185
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
November
2016
4.6% 3.5% 2.3% 1,285
October
2016
4.8% 3.6% 2.3% 1,311
September
2016
4.9% 3.6% 2.3% 1,340
August
2016
4.9% 3.7% 2.4% 1,351
July
2016
4.9% 3.7% 2.4% 1,350
June
2016
4.9% 3.8% 2.4% 1,348

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.