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Dubuque, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dubuque fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Dubuque peaked in April 2020 at 13.1% and is now 9.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in December 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Dubuque unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Iowa 3.6% 0.0 +0.7
Dubuque 4.1% 0.0 +1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 2020 at 7,133. There are now 4,937 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,701 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 495. Dubuque employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dubuque, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Dubuque 2,196 +23 +583

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dubuque, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Dubuque
Unemployment Rate
Dubuque
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 3.6% 4.1% 2,196
January
2021
6.3% 3.6% 4.1% 2,173
December
2020
6.7% 3.7% 3.3% 1,701
November
2020
6.7% 3.9% 4.2% 2,185
October
2020
6.9% 4.2% 4.1% 2,166
September
2020
7.8% 4.7% 5.2% 2,804
August
2020
8.4% 5.3% 6.6% 3,478
July
2020
10.2% 6.1% 7.5% 4,008
June
2020
11.1% 7.1% 9.2% 4,893
May
2020
13.3% 8.3% 13.0% 7,133
April
2020
14.8% 11.1% 13.1% 7,094

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.