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Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Waterloo fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Waterloo peaked in February 2010 at 6.2% and is now 3.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Waterloo 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
Waterloo 3.1% -0.1 -1.1
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: Waterloo, Iowa, National

Waterloo, Iowa monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Waterloo, Iowa Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Waterloo peaked in July 2009 at 5,723. There are now 2,983 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Waterloo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Waterloo, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Waterloo 2,740 -39 -1,064

Number of Unemployed Persons

Waterloo, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Waterloo
Unemployment Rate
Waterloo
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 2.9% 3.1% 2,740
October
2017
4.1% 3.0% 3.2% 2,779
September
2017
4.2% 3.2% 3.7% 3,245
August
2017
4.4% 3.3% 3.8% 3,336
July
2017
4.3% 3.2% 3.7% 3,235
June
2017
4.3% 3.2% 3.6% 3,210
May
2017
4.3% 3.1% 3.7% 3,236
April
2017
4.4% 3.1% 3.6% 3,173
March
2017
4.5% 3.1% 3.6% 3,222
February
2017
4.7% 3.2% 3.7% 3,321
January
2017
4.8% 3.4% 4.3% 3,843

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.