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NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Des Moines fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2014 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 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 December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Iowa 4.3% 0.0 -0.1
Des Moines 4.2% -0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 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 September 2010 at 19,882. There are now 5,867 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 13,537 in August 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 478. Des Moines employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Des Moines, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Des Moines 14,015 -224 +123

Number of Unemployed Persons

Des Moines, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Des Moines
Unemployment Rate
Des Moines
Unemployed
April
2015
5.4%
March
2015
5.5% 4.0%
February
2015
5.5% 4.1%
January
2015
5.7% 4.2%
December
2014
5.6% 4.3% 4.2% 14,015
November
2014
5.8% 4.3% 4.3% 14,239
October
2014
5.7% 4.3% 4.3% 14,371
September
2014
5.9% 4.3% 4.2% 14,010
August
2014
6.1% 4.3% 4.1% 13,537
July
2014
6.2% 4.3% 4.2% 13,840
June
2014
6.1% 4.4% 4.1% 13,831
May
2014
6.3% 4.4% 4.2% 14,034

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.