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Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa Job Growth

There were 377,400 jobs in Des Moines, Iowa in February 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 352,227 employed persons for the month. Des Moines added 500 jobs in February 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 2,428 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Des Moines job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 377,400 +500 +7,900
CPS 352,227 +2,428 +15,096

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 February 2019 is at a new high of 377,400.

CPS employment in February 2019 for Des Moines is at a new high of 352,227.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2019

Des Moines, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2019 377,400 500 352,227 2,428
January 2019 376,900 2,000 349,799 729
December 2018 374,900 1,800 349,070 -305
November 2018 373,100 700 349,375 -927
October 2018 372,400 1,100 350,302 2,977
September 2018 371,300 200 347,325 -1,461
August 2018 371,100 200 348,786 -1,852
July 2018 370,900 600 350,638 1,580
June 2018 370,300 -600 349,058 5,722
May 2018 370,900 1,300 343,336 2,618
April 2018 369,600 500 340,718 2,429
March 2018 369,100 -400 338,289 1,158