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Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Des Moines rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2014 to 4.2%. 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 August 2010 at 6.3% and is now 2.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in June 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Des Moines unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% +0.1 -1.1
Iowa 4.5% +0.1 -0.3
Des Moines 4.2% +0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2014 data as August 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 6,080 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 July 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Des Moines 13,802 -29 -961

Number of Unemployed Persons

Des Moines, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Des Moines
Unemployment Rate
Des Moines
Unemployed
August
2014
6.1%
July
2014
6.2% 4.5% 4.2% 13,802
June
2014
6.1% 4.4% 4.1% 13,831
May
2014
6.3% 4.4% 4.2% 14,034
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

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.