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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 December 2015 to 3.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Des Moines peaked in June 2009 at 6.2% and is now 3.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Des Moines 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
Des Moines 3.1% -0.1 -1.0
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: 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 July 2009 at 19,845. There are now 9,082 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Des Moines employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Des Moines, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Des Moines 10,763 -279 -3,292

Number of Unemployed Persons

Des Moines, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Des Moines
Unemployment Rate
Des Moines
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 3.4% 3.1% 10,763
November
2015
5.0% 3.4% 3.2% 11,042
October
2015
5.0% 3.5% 3.3% 11,294
September
2015
5.1% 3.6% 3.3% 11,424
August
2015
5.1% 3.7% 3.3% 11,341
July
2015
5.3% 3.8% 3.5% 11,866
June
2015
5.3% 3.7% 3.5% 12,020
May
2015
5.5% 3.8% 3.6% 12,356
April
2015
5.4% 3.8% 3.7% 12,582
March
2015
5.5% 4.0% 3.7% 12,690
February
2015
5.5% 4.1% 3.8% 13,135

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.