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Ames, Iowa Job Growth

There were 47,200 jobs in Ames, Iowa in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 51,737 employed persons for the month. Ames lost 1,300 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 116 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Ames job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 47,200 -1,300 -6,700
CPS 51,737 +116 -7,078

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 54,600. Since then 7,400 jobs have been lost in Ames according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 58,815 for Ames in February 2020. 7,078 jobs have been lost in Ames since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 49,511, Ames has added 2,226 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Ames, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 47,200 -1,300 51,737 116
January 2021 48,500 -1,000 51,621 -3,231
December 2020 49,500 0 54,852 127
November 2020 49,500 -900 54,725 -1,495
October 2020 50,400 200 56,220 58
September 2020 50,200 -1,300 56,162 1,146
August 2020 51,500 1,700 55,016 1,235
July 2020 49,800 600 53,781 -78
June 2020 49,200 1,800 53,859 2,977
May 2020 47,400 -700 50,882 1,371
April 2020 48,100 -6,100 49,511 -8,107
March 2020 54,200 300 57,618 -1,197