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Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Des Moines fell 0.4 percentage points in July 2021 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Des Moines peaked in April 2020 at 12.2% and is now 8.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Des Moines unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Iowa 4.1% +0.1 -2.0
Des Moines 3.7% -0.4 -2.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 31,424 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 July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Des Moines 13,087 -1,635 -9,527

Number of Unemployed Persons

Des Moines, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Des Moines
Unemployment Rate
Des Moines
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.1% 3.7% 13,087
June
2021
5.9% 4.0% 4.1% 14,722
May
2021
5.8% 3.9% 4.0% 14,199
April
2021
6.1% 3.8% 3.9% 13,849
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

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.