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Ames, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ames rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2019 to 1.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Ames peaked in June 2009 at 4.9% and is now 3.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 1.5% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Ames unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.2
Iowa 2.6% +0.1 +0.2
Ames 1.7% +0.1 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2019 data as November 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 July 2009 at 2,422. There are now 1,415 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 868 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 139. Ames employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ames, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Ames 1,007 +22 +130

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ames, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployed
November
2019
3.5%
October
2019
3.6% 2.6% 1.7% 1,007
September
2019
3.5% 2.5% 1.6% 985
August
2019
3.7% 2.5% 1.6% 973
July
2019
3.7% 2.5% 1.6% 947
June
2019
3.7% 2.4% 1.5% 908
May
2019
3.6% 2.4% 1.5% 884
April
2019
3.6% 2.4% 1.5% 871
March
2019
3.8% 2.4% 1.5% 878
February
2019
3.8% 2.4% 1.5% 885
January
2019
4.0% 2.4% 1.6% 909
December
2018
3.9% 2.4% 1.5% 887

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.