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Cedar Rapids, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cedar Rapids rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points higher than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Cedar Rapids peaked in April 2020 at 12.7% and is now 8.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in December 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.0 percentage points. You can also compare Cedar Rapids unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Iowa 3.6% 0.0 +0.7
Cedar Rapids 4.6% +0.1 +1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 April 2020 at 18,718. There are now 12,386 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,950 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,382. Cedar Rapids employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Cedar Rapids 6,332 +48 +1,841

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cedar Rapids, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Cedar Rapids
Unemployment Rate
Cedar Rapids
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 3.6% 4.6% 6,332
January
2021
6.3% 3.6% 4.5% 6,284
December
2020
6.7% 3.7% 3.6% 4,950
November
2020
6.7% 3.9% 4.4% 6,029
October
2020
6.9% 4.2% 4.3% 5,939
September
2020
7.8% 4.7% 5.8% 8,181
August
2020
8.4% 5.3% 8.1% 11,390
July
2020
10.2% 6.1% 8.0% 11,281
June
2020
11.1% 7.1% 9.7% 13,669
May
2020
13.3% 8.3% 11.4% 16,729
April
2020
14.8% 11.1% 12.7% 18,718

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.