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Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa Job Growth

There were 345,500 jobs in Des Moines, Iowa in July 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 319,581 employed persons for the month. Des Moines added 6,500 jobs in July 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 4,246 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Des Moines job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 345,500 +6,500 -27,100
CPS 319,581 +4,246 -39,727

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 376,200. Since then 30,700 jobs have been lost in Des Moines according to the employer survey. From a trough of 331,900 in May 2020, Des Moines has gained 13,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 361,088 for Des Moines in October 2019. 41,507 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 4,246 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2020

Des Moines, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2020 345,500 6,500 319,581 4,246
June 2020 339,000 7,100 315,335 -157
May 2020 331,900 -2,300 315,492 -7,466
April 2020 334,200 -40,900 322,958 -29,827
March 2020 375,100 -1,100 352,785 -6,652
February 2020 376,200 300 359,437 -731
January 2020 375,900 900 360,168 -568
December 2019 375,000 500 360,736 -311
November 2019 374,500 -600 361,047 -41
October 2019 375,100 900 361,088 220
September 2019 374,200 -300 360,868 574
August 2019 374,500 1,900 360,294 986