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Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Des Moines rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2022 to 2.7%. 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 11.7% and is now 9.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in July 2022, 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 November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.1 -0.6
Iowa 3.1% +0.2 -0.8
Des Moines 2.7% +0.1 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2022 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 42,628. There are now 32,531 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,501 in September 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 596. Des Moines employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Des Moines, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Des Moines 10,097 +368 -3,283

Number of Unemployed Persons

Des Moines, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Des Moines
Unemployment Rate
Des Moines
Unemployed
December
2022
3.5%
November
2022
3.6% 3.1% 2.7% 10,097
October
2022
3.7% 2.9% 2.6% 9,729
September
2022
3.5% 2.7% 2.6% 9,501
August
2022
3.7% 2.6% 2.6% 9,534
July
2022
3.5% 2.5% 2.6% 9,614
June
2022
3.6% 2.6% 2.7% 9,968
May
2022
3.6% 2.7% 2.9% 10,548
April
2022
3.6% 3.0% 3.1% 11,251
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

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.