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Ames, Iowa Job Growth

There were 51,300 jobs in Ames, Iowa in July 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 54,232 employed persons for the month. Ames lost 0 jobs in July 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 400 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Ames job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 51,300 0 +1,500
CPS 54,232 +400 +1,206

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 3,300 jobs have been lost in Ames according to the employer survey. From a trough of 47,400 in May 2020, Ames has gained 3,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 58,145 for Ames in March 2020. 3,913 jobs have been lost in Ames since then according to the household survey. From a January 2021 low of 51,361, Ames has added 2,871 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2021

Ames, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2021 51,300 0 54,232 400
June 2021 51,300 0 53,832 391
May 2021 51,300 1,600 53,441 360
April 2021 49,700 -100 53,081 166
March 2021 49,800 400 52,915 195
February 2021 49,400 900 52,720 1,359
January 2021 48,500 -1,000 51,361 -2,146
December 2020 49,500 0 53,507 -21
November 2020 49,500 -900 53,528 6
October 2020 50,400 200 53,522 118
September 2020 50,200 -1,300 53,404 174
August 2020 51,500 1,700 53,230 204