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Dubuque, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dubuque fell 0.6 percentage points in November 2021 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Dubuque peaked in April 2020 at 12.8% and is now 9.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Dubuque unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Iowa 3.7% -0.2 -0.2
Dubuque 2.9% -0.6 -1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 5,614 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Dubuque employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dubuque, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Dubuque 1,584 -338 -655

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dubuque, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Dubuque
Unemployment Rate
Dubuque
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 3.7% 2.9% 1,584
October
2021
4.6% 3.9% 3.5% 1,922
September
2021
4.7% 4.0% 3.3% 1,843
August
2021
5.2% 4.1% 3.9% 2,178
July
2021
5.4% 4.1% 3.8% 2,123
June
2021
5.9% 4.0% 4.4% 2,417
May
2021
5.8% 3.9% 4.3% 2,363
April
2021
6.0% 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
6.4% 3.6% 3.9% 2,048

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.