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Ames, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ames fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 1.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Ames peaked in April 2020 at 8.0% and is now 6.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 1.9% in July 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Ames unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Iowa 2.7% +0.1 -1.4
Ames 1.9% -0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Ames, Iowa, National

Ames, Iowa monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Ames, Iowa Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Ames peaked in April 2020 at 4,629. There are now 3,480 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,149 in July 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 0. Ames employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ames, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Ames 1,149 -7 -371

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ames, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 2.7% 1.9% 1,149
August
2022
3.7% 2.6% 2.0% 1,156
July
2022
3.5% 2.5% 1.9% 1,149
June
2022
3.6% 2.6% 2.0% 1,188
May
2022
3.6% 2.7% 2.1% 1,263
April
2022
3.6% 3.0% 2.3% 1,348
March
2022
3.6% 3.3% 2.4% 1,422
February
2022
3.8% 3.5% 2.5% 1,469
January
2022
4.0% 3.7% 2.6% 1,510
December
2021
3.9% 3.9% 2.6% 1,518
November
2021
4.2% 3.9% 2.6% 1,522

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.