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Ames, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ames rose 0.1 percentage points in April 2018 to 1.8%. 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 3.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 1.7% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Ames unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% -0.2 -0.5
Iowa 2.8% 0.0 -0.5
Ames 1.8% +0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2018 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 July 2009 at 2,405. There are now 1,385 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 981 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 39. Ames employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ames, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Ames 1,020 +36 -187

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ames, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployment Rate
Ames
Unemployed
May
2018
3.8% 2.7%
April
2018
3.9% 2.8% 1.8% 1,020
March
2018
4.1% 2.8% 1.7% 984
February
2018
4.1% 2.9% 1.7% 986
January
2018
4.1% 2.9% 1.7% 981
December
2017
4.1% 2.9% 1.8% 1,012
November
2017
4.1% 2.9% 1.8% 1,037
October
2017
4.1% 2.9% 1.8% 1,057
September
2017
4.2% 3.0% 1.9% 1,092
August
2017
4.4% 3.0% 2.0% 1,121
July
2017
4.3% 3.1% 2.0% 1,126
June
2017
4.3% 3.2% 2.0% 1,142

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.