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Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Des Moines fell 0.2 percentage points in October 2016 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Des Moines peaked in June 2009 at 6.2% and is now 2.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in December 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Des Moines unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Iowa 4.1% -0.1 +0.6
Des Moines 3.7% -0.2 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November 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 7,131 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 1,784. Des Moines employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Des Moines, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Des Moines 12,714 -641 +1,509

Number of Unemployed Persons

Des Moines, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Des Moines
Unemployment Rate
Des Moines
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 4.1% 3.7% 12,714
September
2016
5.0% 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
January
2016
4.9% 3.5% 3.2% 11,088
December
2015
5.0% 3.5% 3.2% 10,930

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.