Department of Numbers

Ames, Iowa Job Growth

There were 53,100 jobs in Ames, Iowa in April 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 57,351 employed persons for the month. Ames lost 0 jobs in April 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 159 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Ames job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 53,100 0 +1,500
CPS 57,351 +159 +2,253

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 1,600 jobs have been lost in Ames according to the employer survey. From a trough of 46,600 in May 2020, Ames has gained 6,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 58,762 for Ames in January 2020. 1,411 jobs have been lost in Ames since then according to the household survey. From a June 2020 low of 52,953, Ames has added 4,398 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2022

Ames, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2022 53,100 0 57,351 159
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
September 2021 51,800 -700 56,327 155
August 2021 52,500 0 56,172 195
July 2021 52,500 -100 55,977 243
June 2021 52,600 300 55,734 291
May 2021 52,300 700 55,443 345