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Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Des Moines fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2020 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Des Moines peaked in April 2020 at 12.0% and is now 8.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Des Moines unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Iowa 3.6% -0.1 +0.8
Des Moines 3.8% 0.0 +1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 31,250 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 November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Des Moines 12,892 -167 +2,769

Number of Unemployed Persons

Des Moines, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Des Moines
Unemployment Rate
Des Moines
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 3.6% 3.8% 12,892
October
2020
6.9% 3.7% 3.8% 13,059
September
2020
7.8% 4.8% 5.1% 17,698
August
2020
8.4% 6.3% 6.8% 23,352
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
14.8% 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
3.5% 2.8% 2.7% 10,123

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.