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Ames, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ames fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 1.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Ames peaked in July 2009 at 4.9% and is now 3.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 1.4% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Ames unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Iowa 2.4% 0.0 -0.3
Ames 1.4% -0.2 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 2,405. There are now 1,588 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Ames employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ames, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Ames 817 -135 -169

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ames, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 2.4%
February
2019
3.8% 2.4% 1.4% 817
January
2019
4.0% 2.4% 1.6% 952
December
2018
3.9% 2.4% 1.5% 904
November
2018
3.7% 2.4% 1.5% 884
October
2018
3.8% 2.4% 1.4% 832
September
2018
3.7% 2.4% 1.4% 833
August
2018
3.8% 2.4% 1.4% 829
July
2018
3.9% 2.4% 1.5% 872
June
2018
4.0% 2.5% 1.5% 890
May
2018
3.8% 2.6% 1.7% 987
April
2018
3.9% 2.6% 1.8% 1,019

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.