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Iowa City, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Iowa City rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 2.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Iowa City peaked in June 2009 at 4.9% and is now 2.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Iowa City 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
Iowa City 2.4% +0.1 -0.2
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: Iowa City, Iowa, National

Iowa City, Iowa monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Iowa City, Iowa Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Iowa City peaked in July 2009 at 4,560. There are now 2,176 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,242 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 142. Iowa City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Iowa City, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Iowa City 2,384 +142 -126

Number of Unemployed Persons

Iowa City, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Iowa City
Unemployment Rate
Iowa City
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 2.9% 2.4% 2,384
October
2017
4.1% 3.0% 2.3% 2,242
September
2017
4.2% 3.2% 2.6% 2,571
August
2017
4.4% 3.3% 2.6% 2,593
July
2017
4.3% 3.2% 2.5% 2,438
June
2017
4.3% 3.2% 2.5% 2,500
May
2017
4.3% 3.1% 2.6% 2,543
April
2017
4.4% 3.1% 2.6% 2,517
March
2017
4.5% 3.1% 2.5% 2,484
February
2017
4.7% 3.2% 2.5% 2,457
January
2017
4.8% 3.4% 2.6% 2,558

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.