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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 2016 to 3.3%. 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 2.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in December 2015, 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 December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Iowa 3.6% -0.2 +0.1
Des Moines 3.3% -0.1 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2016 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 8,490 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,930 in December 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 425. Des Moines employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Des Moines, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Des Moines 11,355 -351 +425

Number of Unemployed Persons

Des Moines, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Des Moines
Unemployment Rate
Des Moines
Unemployed
January
2017
4.8%
December
2016
4.7% 3.6% 3.3% 11,355
November
2016
4.6% 3.8% 3.4% 11,706
October
2016
4.8% 4.1% 3.7% 12,765
September
2016
4.9% 4.2% 3.9% 13,355
August
2016
4.9% 4.2% 4.0% 13,603
July
2016
4.9% 4.1% 3.8% 13,148
June
2016
4.9% 4.0% 3.7% 12,601
May
2016
4.7% 3.9% 3.5% 11,846
April
2016
5.0% 3.9% 3.5% 11,792
March
2016
5.0% 3.8% 3.5% 11,741
February
2016
4.9% 3.7% 3.4% 11,701

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.