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Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa Job Growth

There were 354,400 jobs in Des Moines, Iowa in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 326,340 employed persons for the month. Des Moines added 100 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 5,340 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Des Moines job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 354,400 +100 -20,100
CPS 326,340 -5,340 -34,707

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 21,800 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 22,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 361,088 for Des Moines in October 2019. 34,748 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 11,005 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Des Moines, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 354,400 100 326,340 -5,340
October 2020 354,300 2,900 331,680 3,889
September 2020 351,400 4,100 327,791 7,994
August 2020 347,300 1,200 319,797 -298
July 2020 346,100 7,100 320,095 4,760
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