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Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Des Moines fell 0.0 percentage points in April 2017 to 2.9%. 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 June 2009 at 6.2% and is now 3.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in February 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Des Moines unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% -0.1 -0.6
Iowa 3.1% 0.0 -0.7
Des Moines 2.9% 0.0 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2017 data as May 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 9,686 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,990 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 169. Des Moines employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Des Moines, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Des Moines 10,159 +169 -1,502

Number of Unemployed Persons

Des Moines, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Des Moines
Unemployment Rate
Des Moines
Unemployed
May
2017
4.3% 3.1%
April
2017
4.4% 3.1% 2.9% 10,159
March
2017
4.5% 3.1% 2.9% 9,990
February
2017
4.7% 3.2% 2.9% 10,039
January
2017
4.8% 3.4% 3.1% 10,680
December
2016
4.7% 3.5% 3.2% 11,091
November
2016
4.6% 3.5% 3.2% 11,219
October
2016
4.8% 3.6% 3.3% 11,481
September
2016
4.9% 3.6% 3.4% 11,769
August
2016
4.9% 3.7% 3.5% 11,923
July
2016
4.9% 3.7% 3.5% 11,974
June
2016
4.9% 3.8% 3.5% 11,942

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.