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Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Des Moines fell 0.6 percentage points in August 2020 to 6.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Des Moines peaked in April 2020 at 12.0% and is now 5.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Des Moines unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 8.4% -1.8 +4.7
Iowa 6.3% -0.5 +3.5
Des Moines 6.7% -0.6 +4.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2020 data as September metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Des Moines, Iowa, National

Des Moines, Iowa monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Des Moines, Iowa Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Des Moines peaked in April 2020 at 44,142. There are now 21,337 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Des Moines employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Des Moines, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Des Moines 22,805 -2,442 +12,844

Number of Unemployed Persons

Des Moines, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Des Moines
Unemployment Rate
Des Moines
Unemployed
September
2020
7.9% 4.7%
August
2020
8.4% 6.3% 6.7% 22,805
July
2020
10.2% 6.8% 7.3% 25,247
June
2020
11.1% 8.4% 9.3% 32,208
May
2020
13.3% 10.2% 11.2% 39,837
April
2020
14.7% 11.0% 12.0% 44,142
March
2020
4.4% 3.3% 3.2% 11,641
February
2020
3.5% 2.8% 2.7% 10,149
January
2020
3.6% 2.8% 2.7% 10,123
December
2019
3.5% 2.8% 2.7% 10,165
November
2019
3.5% 2.8% 2.7% 10,123
October
2019
3.6% 2.8% 2.7% 10,069

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.