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Dubuque, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dubuque fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2021 to 4.3%. 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 12.8% and is now 8.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Dubuque unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Iowa 3.9% +0.1 -4.4
Dubuque 4.3% -0.1 -6.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 data as June 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 April 2020 at 7,198. There are now 4,846 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,048 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 304. Dubuque employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dubuque, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Dubuque 2,352 -3 -3,573

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dubuque, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Dubuque
Unemployment Rate
Dubuque
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 3.9% 4.3% 2,352
April
2021
6.1% 3.8% 4.4% 2,355
March
2021
6.0% 3.7% 4.4% 2,379
February
2021
6.2% 3.7% 4.6% 2,431
January
2021
6.3% 3.6% 3.9% 2,048
December
2020
6.7% 3.7% 4.0% 2,100
November
2020
6.7% 3.9% 4.2% 2,239
October
2020
6.9% 4.2% 4.5% 2,424
September
2020
7.8% 4.7% 4.9% 2,664
August
2020
8.4% 5.3% 5.5% 3,023
July
2020
10.2% 6.1% 6.6% 3,567

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.