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Cedar Rapids, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cedar Rapids fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Cedar Rapids peaked in June 2009 at 6.5% and is now 3.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Cedar Rapids unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Iowa 2.9% -0.1 -0.6
Cedar Rapids 3.3% 0.0 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, National

Cedar Rapids, Iowa monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Cedar Rapids peaked in June 2009 at 9,672. There are now 5,005 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,492 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 175. Cedar Rapids employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Cedar Rapids 4,667 +35 -498

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cedar Rapids, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Cedar Rapids
Unemployment Rate
Cedar Rapids
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 2.9% 3.3% 4,667
October
2017
4.1% 3.0% 3.3% 4,632
September
2017
4.2% 3.2% 3.5% 5,078
August
2017
4.4% 3.3% 3.5% 5,027
July
2017
4.3% 3.2% 3.5% 4,917
June
2017
4.3% 3.2% 3.4% 4,901
May
2017
4.3% 3.1% 3.4% 4,904
April
2017
4.4% 3.1% 3.3% 4,715
March
2017
4.5% 3.1% 3.1% 4,492
February
2017
4.7% 3.2% 3.2% 4,576
January
2017
4.8% 3.4% 3.4% 4,915

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.