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Ames, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ames fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2016 to 2.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.6 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Ames peaked in July 2009 at 4.9% and is now 2.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% 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 May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
Iowa 3.9% 0.0 +0.3
Ames 2.3% 0.0 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2016 data as June 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 1,085 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,300 in January 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 20. Ames employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ames, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Ames 1,320 -35 -100

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ames, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployed
June
2016
4.9% 4.0%
May
2016
4.7% 3.9% 2.3% 1,320
April
2016
5.0% 3.9% 2.3% 1,355
March
2016
5.0% 3.8% 2.4% 1,413
February
2016
4.9% 3.7% 2.4% 1,401
January
2016
4.9% 3.5% 2.3% 1,300
December
2015
5.0% 3.5% 2.3% 1,322
November
2015
5.0% 3.5% 2.3% 1,326
October
2015
5.0% 3.5% 2.3% 1,330
September
2015
5.1% 3.6% 2.3% 1,333
August
2015
5.1% 3.6% 2.3% 1,338
July
2015
5.3% 3.6% 2.4% 1,366

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.