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Dubuque, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dubuque fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.3%. 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 4.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Dubuque unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Iowa 2.4% -0.1 -0.5
Dubuque 2.3% -0.1 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 2,411 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,271 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 11. Dubuque employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dubuque, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Dubuque 1,282 +2 -275

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dubuque, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Dubuque
Unemployment Rate
Dubuque
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 2.4% 2.3% 1,282
September
2018
3.7% 2.5% 2.4% 1,280
August
2018
3.9% 2.5% 2.3% 1,271
July
2018
3.9% 2.6% 2.4% 1,306
June
2018
4.0% 2.7% 2.4% 1,316
May
2018
3.8% 2.7% 2.6% 1,386
April
2018
3.9% 2.8% 2.6% 1,433
March
2018
4.1% 2.8% 2.6% 1,389
February
2018
4.1% 2.9% 2.7% 1,460
January
2018
4.1% 2.9% 2.7% 1,490
December
2017
4.1% 2.9% 2.8% 1,536

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.