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Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Des Moines fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2014 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Des Moines peaked in August 2010 at 6.3% and is now 2.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Des Moines unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% 0.0 -1.2
Iowa 4.4% +0.1 -0.4
Des Moines 4.2% -0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2014 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Des Moines, Iowa, National

Des Moines, Iowa monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Des Moines, Iowa Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Des Moines peaked in September 2010 at 19,882. There are now 5,856 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 13,892 in December 2013, the number of unemployed has now grown by 134. Des Moines employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Des Moines, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Des Moines 14,026 -231 -1,067

Number of Unemployed Persons

Des Moines, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Des Moines
Unemployment Rate
Des Moines
Unemployed
June
2014
6.1% 4.4%
May
2014
6.3% 4.4% 4.2% 14,026
April
2014
6.3% 4.3% 4.3% 14,257
March
2014
6.7% 4.5% 4.4% 14,661
February
2014
6.7% 4.4% 4.4% 14,427
January
2014
6.6% 4.3% 4.3% 13,986
December
2013
6.7% 4.2% 4.3% 13,892
November
2013
7.0% 4.2% 4.3% 14,038
October
2013
7.2% 4.4% 4.4% 14,213
September
2013
7.2% 4.5% 4.4% 14,404
August
2013
7.2% 4.7% 4.5% 14,594
July
2013
7.3% 4.8% 4.6% 14,763
June
2013
7.5% 4.8% 4.6% 14,921

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.