Department of Numbers

Ames, Iowa Job Growth

There were 54,000 jobs in Ames, Iowa in February 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 56,457 employed persons for the month. Ames lost 100 jobs in February 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 5 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Ames job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 54,000 -100 +1,100
CPS 56,457 -5 +226

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 December 2017 at 54,100. Since then 100 jobs have been lost in Ames according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 56,586 for Ames in September 2017. 129 jobs have been lost in Ames since then according to the household survey. From a December 2017 low of 56,187, Ames has added 270 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2018

Ames, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2018 54,000 -100 56,457 -5
January 2018 54,100 0 56,462 275
December 2017 54,100 100 56,187 -207
November 2017 54,000 100 56,394 -152
October 2017 53,900 300 56,546 -40
September 2017 53,600 100 56,586 37
August 2017 53,500 200 56,549 227
July 2017 53,300 400 56,322 104
June 2017 52,900 400 56,218 245
May 2017 52,500 -400 55,973 -339
April 2017 52,900 0 56,312 -46
March 2017 52,900 0 56,358 127