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Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa Job Growth

There were 363,700 jobs in Des Moines, Iowa in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 339,676 employed persons for the month. Des Moines lost 900 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,743 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Des Moines job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 363,700 -900 +29,300
CPS 339,676 +1,743 +17,630

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Des Moines, Iowa Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Des Moines 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 Des Moines, Iowa

CES employment for Des Moines peaked in February 2020 at 377,400. Since then 13,700 jobs have been lost in Des Moines according to the employer survey. From a trough of 332,000 in April 2020, Des Moines has gained 31,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 359,857 for Des Moines in October 2019. 20,181 jobs have been lost in Des Moines since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 319,052, Des Moines has added 20,624 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Des Moines, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 363,700 -900 339,676 1,743
April 2021 364,600 -1,000 337,933 1,713
March 2021 365,600 2,300 336,220 1,173
February 2021 363,300 1,300 335,047 770
January 2021 362,000 200 334,277 667
December 2020 361,800 900 333,610 -211
November 2020 360,900 700 333,821 -70
October 2020 360,200 3,500 333,891 1,090
September 2020 356,700 4,200 332,801 2,010
August 2020 352,500 400 330,791 2,688
July 2020 352,100 7,700 328,103 3,053
June 2020 344,400 10,000 325,050 3,004