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Dubuque, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dubuque fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2017 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Dubuque peaked in April 2009 at 7.0% and is now 4.1 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 Dubuque unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Iowa 2.9% -0.1 -0.6
Dubuque 2.9% 0.0 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Dubuque, Iowa, National

Dubuque, Iowa monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Dubuque, Iowa Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Dubuque peaked in May 2009 at 3,693. There are now 2,112 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,566 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 15. Dubuque employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dubuque, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Dubuque 1,581 +15 -308

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dubuque, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Dubuque
Unemployment Rate
Dubuque
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 2.9% 2.9% 1,581
October
2017
4.1% 3.0% 2.9% 1,566
September
2017
4.2% 3.2% 3.2% 1,729
August
2017
4.4% 3.3% 3.2% 1,712
July
2017
4.3% 3.2% 3.1% 1,649
June
2017
4.3% 3.2% 3.0% 1,610
May
2017
4.3% 3.1% 3.0% 1,650
April
2017
4.4% 3.1% 2.9% 1,596
March
2017
4.5% 3.1% 2.9% 1,606
February
2017
4.7% 3.2% 2.9% 1,618
January
2017
4.8% 3.4% 3.2% 1,773

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.