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Cedar Rapids, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cedar Rapids fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Cedar Rapids peaked in April 2020 at 12.3% and is now 8.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Cedar Rapids 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
Cedar Rapids 3.6% -0.2 -2.0
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: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, National

Cedar Rapids, Iowa monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Cedar Rapids peaked in April 2020 at 18,003. There are now 12,930 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Cedar Rapids employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Cedar Rapids 5,073 -360 -2,937

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cedar Rapids, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Cedar Rapids
Unemployment Rate
Cedar Rapids
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 3.0% 3.6% 5,073
March
2022
3.6% 3.3% 3.8% 5,433
February
2022
3.8% 3.5% 4.0% 5,734
January
2022
4.0% 3.7% 4.2% 6,007
December
2021
3.9% 3.9% 4.4% 6,166
November
2021
4.2% 3.9% 4.4% 6,173
October
2021
4.6% 4.0% 4.4% 6,249
September
2021
4.7% 4.1% 4.6% 6,476
August
2021
5.2% 4.3% 4.8% 6,760
July
2021
5.4% 4.4% 5.0% 7,067
June
2021
5.9% 4.5% 5.2% 7,371

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.