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Dubuque, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dubuque fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2019 to 2.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 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 October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.2
Iowa 2.6% +0.1 +0.2
Dubuque 2.4% 0.0 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2019 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 2,284 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 181. Dubuque employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dubuque, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Dubuque 1,409 +37 +133

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dubuque, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Dubuque
Unemployment Rate
Dubuque
Unemployed
November
2019
3.5%
October
2019
3.6% 2.6% 2.4% 1,409
September
2019
3.5% 2.5% 2.4% 1,372
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

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.