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Cedar Rapids, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cedar Rapids rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Cedar Rapids peaked in May 2009 at 6.4% and is now 3.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in April 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Cedar Rapids unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Iowa 2.5% +0.1 +0.1
Cedar Rapids 2.6% +0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 9,566. There are now 5,735 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,601 in April 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 230. Cedar Rapids employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Cedar Rapids 3,831 +149 -48

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cedar Rapids, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Cedar Rapids
Unemployment Rate
Cedar Rapids
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 2.5%
July
2019
3.7% 2.5% 2.6% 3,831
June
2019
3.7% 2.4% 2.5% 3,682
May
2019
3.6% 2.4% 2.5% 3,609
April
2019
3.6% 2.4% 2.5% 3,601
March
2019
3.8% 2.4% 2.6% 3,656
February
2019
3.8% 2.4% 2.6% 3,673
January
2019
4.0% 2.4% 2.6% 3,782
December
2018
3.9% 2.4% 2.7% 3,798
November
2018
3.7% 2.4% 2.7% 3,790
October
2018
3.8% 2.4% 2.6% 3,776

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.