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Dubuque, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dubuque fell 1.1 percentage points in August 2020 to 6.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Dubuque peaked in April 2020 at 13.1% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Dubuque unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 8.4% -1.8 +4.7
Iowa 6.0% -0.8 +3.2
Dubuque 6.4% -1.1 +3.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2020 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 2020 at 7,133. There are now 3,760 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Dubuque employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dubuque, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Dubuque 3,373 -635 +1,852

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dubuque, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Dubuque
Unemployment Rate
Dubuque
Unemployed
September
2020
7.9%
August
2020
8.4% 6.0% 6.4% 3,373
July
2020
10.2% 6.8% 7.5% 4,008
June
2020
11.1% 8.4% 9.2% 4,893
May
2020
13.3% 10.2% 13.0% 7,133
April
2020
14.7% 11.0% 13.1% 7,094
March
2020
4.4% 3.3% 3.4% 1,879
February
2020
3.5% 2.8% 2.8% 1,613
January
2020
3.6% 2.8% 2.8% 1,626
December
2019
3.5% 2.8% 2.9% 1,646
November
2019
3.5% 2.8% 2.8% 1,621
October
2019
3.6% 2.8% 2.8% 1,590

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.