Department of Numbers

Ames, Iowa Job Growth

There were 52,000 jobs in Ames, Iowa in July 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 53,831 employed persons for the month. Ames added 300 jobs in July 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 28 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Ames job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 52,000 +300 -1,200
CPS 53,831 -28 -4,599

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 54,400. Since then 2,400 jobs have been lost in Ames according to the employer survey. From a trough of 44,100 in April 2020, Ames has gained 7,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 58,815 for Ames in February 2020. 4,984 jobs have been lost in Ames since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 49,511, Ames has added 4,320 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2020

Ames, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2020 52,000 300 53,831 -28
June 2020 51,700 4,600 53,859 2,977
May 2020 47,100 3,000 50,882 1,371
April 2020 44,100 -8,600 49,511 -8,107
March 2020 52,700 0 57,618 -1,197
February 2020 52,700 -800 58,815 248
January 2020 53,500 600 58,567 -117
December 2019 52,900 -400 58,684 61
November 2019 53,300 200 58,623 50
October 2019 53,100 -100 58,573 55
September 2019 53,200 2,200 58,518 48
August 2019 51,000 -2,200 58,470 40