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Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa Job Growth

There were 377,100 jobs in Des Moines, Iowa in October 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 350,381 employed persons for the month. Des Moines added 1,700 jobs in October 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 3,056 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Des Moines job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 377,100 +1,700 +12,200
CPS 350,381 +3,056 +13,318

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 2018 is at a new high of 377,100.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 350,638 for Des Moines in July 2018. 257 jobs have been lost in Des Moines since then according to the household survey. From a September 2018 low of 347,325, Des Moines has added 3,056 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2018

Des Moines, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2018 377,100 1,700 350,381 3,056
September 2018 375,400 -400 347,325 -1,461
August 2018 375,800 300 348,786 -1,852
July 2018 375,500 300 350,638 1,580
June 2018 375,200 4,000 349,058 5,722
May 2018 371,200 2,600 343,336 2,618
April 2018 368,600 900 340,718 2,429
March 2018 367,700 100 338,289 1,158
February 2018 367,600 400 337,131 257
January 2018 367,200 -400 336,874 332
December 2017 367,600 1,300 336,542 -333
November 2017 366,300 1,400 336,875 -188