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Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa Job Growth

There were 381,900 jobs in Des Moines, Iowa in October 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 365,146 employed persons for the month. Des Moines added 1,000 jobs in October 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 2,202 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Des Moines job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 381,900 +1,000 +9,500
CPS 365,146 +2,202 +18,211

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 in October 2019 is at a new high of 381,900.

CPS employment in October 2019 for Des Moines is at a new high of 365,146.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2019

Des Moines, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2019 381,900 1,000 365,146 2,202
September 2019 380,900 1,700 362,944 2,168
August 2019 379,200 1,200 360,776 2,068
July 2019 378,000 400 358,708 2,423
June 2019 377,600 -400 356,285 2,214
May 2019 378,000 -500 354,071 1,813
April 2019 378,500 700 352,258 2,057
March 2019 377,800 800 350,201 1,566
February 2019 377,000 100 348,635 1,128
January 2019 376,900 2,000 347,507 673
December 2018 374,900 1,800 346,834 -64
November 2018 373,100 700 346,898 -37