Department of Numbers

Ames, Iowa Job Growth

There were 52,700 jobs in Ames, Iowa in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 54,882 employed persons for the month. Ames lost 1,200 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 1,338 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Ames job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 52,700 -1,200 -600
CPS 54,882 -1,338 -3,741

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 1,700 jobs have been lost in Ames according to the employer survey. From a trough of 44,100 in April 2020, Ames has gained 8,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 58,815 for Ames in February 2020. 3,933 jobs have been lost in Ames since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 49,511, Ames has added 5,371 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Ames, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 52,700 -1,200 54,882 -1,338
October 2020 53,900 0 56,220 58
September 2020 53,900 0 56,162 1,146
August 2020 53,900 2,100 55,016 1,235
July 2020 51,800 100 53,781 -78
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