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Cedar Rapids, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cedar Rapids fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2021 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points higher than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Cedar Rapids peaked in April 2020 at 12.9% and is now 7.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Cedar Rapids unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Iowa 3.9% +0.1 -4.4
Cedar Rapids 5.0% 0.0 -4.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 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 18,966. There are now 12,084 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,033 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 849. Cedar Rapids employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Cedar Rapids 6,882 -5 -6,866

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cedar Rapids, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Cedar Rapids
Unemployment Rate
Cedar Rapids
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 3.9% 5.0% 6,882
April
2021
6.1% 3.8% 5.0% 6,887
March
2021
6.0% 3.7% 5.0% 6,927
February
2021
6.2% 3.7% 5.1% 7,032
January
2021
6.3% 3.6% 4.4% 6,033
December
2020
6.7% 3.7% 4.6% 6,270
November
2020
6.7% 3.9% 4.9% 6,697
October
2020
6.9% 4.2% 4.8% 6,635
September
2020
7.8% 4.7% 5.9% 8,145
August
2020
8.4% 5.3% 6.7% 9,354
July
2020
10.2% 6.1% 7.1% 9,952

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.