Department of Numbers

Ames, Iowa Job Growth

There were 52,900 jobs in Ames, Iowa in September 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 58,062 employed persons for the month. Ames lost 400 jobs in September 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 142 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Ames job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 52,900 -400 +1,100
CPS 58,062 +142 +1,735

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 January 2020 at 54,700. Since then 1,800 jobs have been lost in Ames according to the employer survey. From a trough of 46,600 in May 2020, Ames has gained 6,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 58,762 for Ames in January 2020. 700 jobs have been lost in Ames since then according to the household survey. From a June 2020 low of 52,953, Ames has added 5,109 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through September 2022

Ames, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
September 2022 52,900 -400 58,062 142
August 2022 53,300 -200 57,920 105
July 2022 53,500 -200 57,815 70
June 2022 53,700 200 57,745 208
May 2022 53,500 200 57,537 184
April 2022 53,300 200 57,353 161
March 2022 53,100 300 57,192 202
February 2022 52,800 100 56,990 242
January 2022 52,700 -200 56,748 331
December 2021 52,900 1,100 56,417 -19
November 2021 51,800 200 56,436 1
October 2021 51,600 -200 56,435 108