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Cedar Rapids, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cedar Rapids fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Cedar Rapids peaked in June 2009 at 6.5% and is now 3.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Cedar Rapids unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Iowa 2.4% -0.1 -0.5
Cedar Rapids 2.6% 0.0 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 5,896 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 October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Cedar Rapids 3,776 -6 -825

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cedar Rapids, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Cedar Rapids
Unemployment Rate
Cedar Rapids
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 2.4% 2.6% 3,776
September
2018
3.7% 2.5% 2.6% 3,782
August
2018
3.9% 2.5% 2.7% 3,842
July
2018
3.9% 2.6% 2.8% 3,976
June
2018
4.0% 2.7% 2.7% 3,957
May
2018
3.8% 2.7% 2.8% 4,019
April
2018
3.9% 2.8% 3.0% 4,227
March
2018
4.1% 2.8% 3.0% 4,278
February
2018
4.1% 2.9% 3.1% 4,461
January
2018
4.1% 2.9% 3.2% 4,479
December
2017
4.1% 2.9% 3.2% 4,569

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.