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Dubuque, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dubuque rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2019 to 2.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Dubuque peaked in April 2009 at 7.0% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.2% in February 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Dubuque unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Iowa 2.5% 0.0 +0.1
Dubuque 2.4% +0.1 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Dubuque, Iowa, National

Dubuque, Iowa monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Dubuque, Iowa Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Dubuque peaked in May 2009 at 3,693. There are now 2,348 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,228 in April 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 117. Dubuque employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dubuque, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Dubuque 1,345 +50 +63

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dubuque, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Dubuque
Unemployment Rate
Dubuque
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 2.5%
August
2019
3.7% 2.5% 2.4% 1,345
July
2019
3.7% 2.5% 2.3% 1,295
June
2019
3.7% 2.4% 2.2% 1,247
May
2019
3.6% 2.4% 2.2% 1,236
April
2019
3.6% 2.4% 2.2% 1,228
March
2019
3.8% 2.4% 2.2% 1,238
February
2019
3.8% 2.4% 2.2% 1,241
January
2019
4.0% 2.4% 2.3% 1,284
December
2018
3.9% 2.4% 2.3% 1,283
November
2018
3.7% 2.4% 2.3% 1,281
October
2018
3.8% 2.4% 2.3% 1,276

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.