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Cedar Rapids, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cedar Rapids fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 2.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Cedar Rapids peaked in June 2009 at 6.5% and is now 4.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Cedar Rapids 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
Cedar Rapids 2.4% -0.2 -0.7
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: 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 June 2009 at 9,672. There are now 6,249 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 February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Cedar Rapids 3,423 -343 -1,038

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cedar Rapids, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Cedar Rapids
Unemployment Rate
Cedar Rapids
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 2.4%
February
2019
3.8% 2.4% 2.4% 3,423
January
2019
4.0% 2.4% 2.6% 3,766
December
2018
3.9% 2.4% 2.6% 3,772
November
2018
3.7% 2.4% 2.6% 3,734
October
2018
3.8% 2.4% 2.6% 3,773
September
2018
3.7% 2.4% 2.6% 3,782
August
2018
3.8% 2.4% 2.7% 3,842
July
2018
3.9% 2.4% 2.8% 3,976
June
2018
4.0% 2.5% 2.7% 3,957
May
2018
3.8% 2.6% 2.8% 4,019
April
2018
3.9% 2.6% 3.0% 4,227

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.