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Ames, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ames fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2015 to 2.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Ames peaked in July 2009 at 4.9% and is now 2.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.2% in August 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Ames unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Iowa 3.4% 0.0 -0.9
Ames 2.2% 0.0 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January 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 1,128 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,269 in August 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 8. Ames employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ames, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Ames 1,277 -3 -345

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ames, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 3.4% 2.2% 1,277
November
2015
5.0% 3.4% 2.2% 1,280
October
2015
5.0% 3.5% 2.2% 1,293
September
2015
5.1% 3.6% 2.3% 1,311
August
2015
5.1% 3.7% 2.2% 1,269
July
2015
5.3% 3.8% 2.4% 1,352
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

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.