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Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa Job Growth

There were 379,300 jobs in Des Moines, Iowa in September 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 361,228 employed persons for the month. Des Moines added 1,200 jobs in September 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 885 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Des Moines job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 379,300 +1,200 +7,700
CPS 361,228 +885 +10,814

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 2022 at 380,100. Since then 800 jobs have been lost in Des Moines according to the employer survey. From a trough of 375,800 in July 2022, Des Moines has gained 3,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 364,218 for Des Moines in October 2019. 2,990 jobs have been lost in Des Moines since then according to the household survey. From a May 2020 low of 321,102, Des Moines has added 40,126 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through September 2022

Des Moines, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
September 2022 379,300 1,200 361,228 885
August 2022 378,100 2,300 360,343 290
July 2022 375,800 -600 360,053 274
June 2022 376,400 -1,200 359,779 1,538
May 2022 377,600 -1,700 358,241 1,379
April 2022 379,300 -700 356,862 1,416
March 2022 380,000 -100 355,446 1,090
February 2022 380,100 3,600 354,356 1,917
January 2022 376,500 1,500 352,439 1,480
December 2021 375,000 1,100 350,959 -181
November 2021 373,900 1,400 351,140 -23
October 2021 372,500 900 351,163 749