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Cedar Rapids, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cedar Rapids fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Cedar Rapids peaked in April 2020 at 12.3% and is now 9.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in July 2022, 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 September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Iowa 2.7% +0.1 -1.4
Cedar Rapids 3.1% 0.0 -1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 18,003. There are now 13,528 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,436 in July 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 39. Cedar Rapids employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Cedar Rapids 4,475 +35 -2,001

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cedar Rapids, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Cedar Rapids
Unemployment Rate
Cedar Rapids
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 2.7% 3.1% 4,475
August
2022
3.7% 2.6% 3.1% 4,440
July
2022
3.5% 2.5% 3.1% 4,436
June
2022
3.6% 2.6% 3.2% 4,556
May
2022
3.6% 2.7% 3.4% 4,768
April
2022
3.6% 3.0% 3.6% 5,075
March
2022
3.6% 3.3% 3.8% 5,433
February
2022
3.8% 3.5% 4.0% 5,734
January
2022
4.0% 3.7% 4.2% 6,007
December
2021
3.9% 3.9% 4.4% 6,166
November
2021
4.2% 3.9% 4.4% 6,173

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.