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Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Des Moines fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.1%. 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 11.7% and is now 8.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Des Moines unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Iowa 3.0% -0.3 -1.5
Des Moines 3.1% -0.2 -1.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 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 42,628. There are now 31,381 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 April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Des Moines 11,247 -737 -6,115

Number of Unemployed Persons

Des Moines, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Des Moines
Unemployment Rate
Des Moines
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 3.0% 3.1% 11,247
March
2022
3.6% 3.3% 3.3% 11,984
February
2022
3.8% 3.5% 3.4% 12,520
January
2022
4.0% 3.7% 3.6% 13,066
December
2021
3.9% 3.9% 3.7% 13,374
November
2021
4.2% 3.9% 3.7% 13,380
October
2021
4.6% 4.0% 3.7% 13,519
September
2021
4.7% 4.1% 3.8% 13,977
August
2021
5.2% 4.3% 4.0% 14,577
July
2021
5.4% 4.4% 4.2% 15,230
June
2021
5.9% 4.5% 4.4% 15,893

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.