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Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Des Moines fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2018 to 2.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Des Moines peaked in June 2009 at 6.2% and is now 3.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Des Moines unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Iowa 2.7% -0.1 -0.5
Des Moines 2.4% -0.1 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 data as June 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 July 2009 at 19,845. There are now 11,300 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 May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Des Moines 8,545 -350 -1,968

Number of Unemployed Persons

Des Moines, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Des Moines
Unemployment Rate
Des Moines
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 2.7% 2.4% 8,545
April
2018
3.9% 2.8% 2.5% 8,895
March
2018
4.1% 2.8% 2.7% 9,233
February
2018
4.1% 2.9% 2.7% 9,407
January
2018
4.1% 2.9% 2.6% 9,144
December
2017
4.1% 2.9% 2.7% 9,219
November
2017
4.1% 2.9% 2.7% 9,330
October
2017
4.1% 2.9% 2.7% 9,469
September
2017
4.2% 3.0% 2.8% 9,770
August
2017
4.4% 3.0% 2.9% 10,061
July
2017
4.3% 3.1% 2.9% 10,233

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.