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Ames, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ames fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2016 to 2.5%. 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 2.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in August 2015, 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 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Iowa 4.1% -0.1 +0.6
Ames 2.5% -0.1 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 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 July 2009 at 2,405. There are now 940 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 165. Ames employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ames, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Ames 1,465 -68 +135

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ames, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 4.1% 2.5% 1,465
September
2016
5.0% 4.2% 2.6% 1,533
August
2016
4.9% 4.2% 2.6% 1,524
July
2016
4.9% 4.1% 2.5% 1,464
June
2016
4.9% 4.0% 2.4% 1,394
May
2016
4.7% 3.9% 2.3% 1,318
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

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.