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Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa Job Growth

There were 362,100 jobs in Des Moines, Iowa in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 333,475 employed persons for the month. Des Moines added 100 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,394 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Des Moines job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 362,100 +100 -15,300
CPS 333,475 +1,394 -25,962

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 15,300 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 30,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 361,088 for Des Moines in October 2019. 27,613 jobs have been lost in Des Moines since then according to the household survey. From a June 2020 low of 315,335, Des Moines has added 18,140 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Des Moines, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 362,100 100 333,475 1,394
January 2021 362,000 200 332,081 7,549
December 2020 361,800 900 324,532 718
November 2020 360,900 700 323,814 -7,866
October 2020 360,200 3,500 331,680 3,889
September 2020 356,700 4,200 327,791 7,994
August 2020 352,500 400 319,797 -298
July 2020 352,100 7,700 320,095 4,760
June 2020 344,400 10,000 315,335 -157
May 2020 334,400 2,400 315,492 -7,466
April 2020 332,000 -44,500 322,958 -29,827
March 2020 376,500 -900 352,785 -6,652