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Dubuque, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dubuque fell 0.3 percentage points in February 2019 to 2.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Dubuque peaked in April 2009 at 7.0% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Dubuque unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Iowa 2.4% 0.0 -0.3
Dubuque 2.0% -0.3 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 2,552 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Dubuque employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dubuque, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Dubuque 1,141 -140 -319

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dubuque, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Dubuque
Unemployment Rate
Dubuque
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 2.4%
February
2019
3.8% 2.4% 2.0% 1,141
January
2019
4.0% 2.4% 2.3% 1,281
December
2018
3.9% 2.4% 2.4% 1,276
November
2018
3.7% 2.4% 2.4% 1,291
October
2018
3.8% 2.4% 2.4% 1,281
September
2018
3.7% 2.4% 2.4% 1,280
August
2018
3.8% 2.4% 2.3% 1,271
July
2018
3.9% 2.4% 2.4% 1,306
June
2018
4.0% 2.5% 2.4% 1,316
May
2018
3.8% 2.6% 2.6% 1,386
April
2018
3.9% 2.6% 2.6% 1,433

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.