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Cedar Rapids, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cedar Rapids fell 1.5 percentage points in May 2020 to 11.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points higher than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Cedar Rapids peaked in April 2020 at 12.7% and is now 1.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Cedar Rapids unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Iowa 10.0% -1.0 +7.3
Cedar Rapids 11.2% -1.5 +8.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 2,468 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 May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Cedar Rapids 16,250 -2,468 +11,978

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cedar Rapids, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Cedar Rapids
Unemployment Rate
Cedar Rapids
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 10.0% 11.2% 16,250
April
2020
14.7% 11.0% 12.7% 18,718
March
2020
4.4% 3.3% 3.6% 5,366
February
2020
3.5% 2.8% 3.0% 4,491
January
2020
3.6% 2.8% 3.0% 4,556
December
2019
3.5% 2.8% 3.1% 4,646
November
2019
3.5% 2.8% 3.1% 4,618
October
2019
3.6% 2.8% 3.0% 4,577
September
2019
3.5% 2.8% 3.0% 4,525
August
2019
3.7% 2.8% 3.0% 4,464
July
2019
3.7% 2.7% 2.9% 4,400

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.