Department of Numbers

Ames, Iowa Job Growth

There were 54,400 jobs in Ames, Iowa in August 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 58,894 employed persons for the month. Ames added 300 jobs in August 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 232 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Ames job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 54,400 +300 +900
CPS 58,894 +232 +1,975

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Ames, Iowa Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Ames as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Ames, Iowa

CES employment for Ames peaked in May 2019 at 54,800. Since then 400 jobs have been lost in Ames according to the employer survey. From a trough of 54,100 in July 2019, Ames has gained 300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in August 2019 for Ames is at a new high of 58,894.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2019

Ames, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2019 54,400 300 58,894 232
July 2019 54,100 -200 58,662 235
June 2019 54,300 -500 58,427 277
May 2019 54,800 300 58,150 351
April 2019 54,500 100 57,799 235
March 2019 54,400 300 57,564 258
February 2019 54,100 400 57,306 201
January 2019 53,700 0 57,105 25
December 2018 53,700 0 57,080 -11
November 2018 53,700 0 57,091 6
October 2018 53,700 200 57,085 69
September 2018 53,500 0 57,016 97