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Ames, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ames fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 2.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Ames peaked in April 2020 at 8.0% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Ames unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Iowa 3.0% -0.3 -1.5
Ames 2.3% -0.1 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 3,281 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Ames employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ames, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Ames 1,348 -74 -435

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ames, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
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
October
2021
4.6% 4.0% 2.6% 1,525
September
2021
4.7% 4.1% 2.6% 1,520
August
2021
5.2% 4.3% 3.1% 1,802
July
2021
5.4% 4.4% 3.1% 1,790
June
2021
5.9% 4.5% 3.1% 1,782

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.