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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 April 2021 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Des Moines peaked in April 2020 at 12.2% and is now 8.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Des Moines unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
Iowa 3.8% +0.1 -7.3
Des Moines 3.9% 0.0 -8.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2021 data as May 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 44,511. There are now 30,846 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 13,208 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 457. Des Moines employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Des Moines, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Des Moines 13,665 +26 -30,846

Number of Unemployed Persons

Des Moines, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Des Moines
Unemployment Rate
Des Moines
Unemployed
May
2021
5.8%
April
2021
6.1% 3.8% 3.9% 13,665
March
2021
6.0% 3.7% 3.9% 13,639
February
2021
6.2% 3.7% 4.5% 15,643
January
2021
6.3% 3.6% 3.8% 13,208
December
2020
6.7% 3.7% 3.9% 13,479
November
2020
6.7% 3.9% 4.1% 14,325
October
2020
6.9% 4.2% 4.1% 14,277
September
2020
7.8% 4.7% 4.9% 16,996
August
2020
8.4% 5.3% 5.5% 19,257
July
2020
10.2% 6.1% 6.4% 22,614
June
2020
11.1% 7.1% 7.8% 27,487

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.