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Dubuque, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dubuque fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2022 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Dubuque peaked in April 2020 at 12.0% and is now 9.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in July 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Dubuque unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Iowa 2.7% +0.1 -1.4
Dubuque 2.8% 0.0 -1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 6,774. There are now 5,209 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,524 in August 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 41. Dubuque employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dubuque, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Dubuque 1,565 +41 -694

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dubuque, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Dubuque
Unemployment Rate
Dubuque
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 2.7% 2.8% 1,565
August
2022
3.7% 2.6% 2.8% 1,524
July
2022
3.5% 2.5% 2.8% 1,538
June
2022
3.6% 2.6% 2.9% 1,581
May
2022
3.6% 2.7% 3.0% 1,681
April
2022
3.6% 3.0% 3.3% 1,798
March
2022
3.6% 3.3% 3.5% 1,937
February
2022
3.8% 3.5% 3.7% 2,042
January
2022
4.0% 3.7% 3.9% 2,133
December
2021
3.9% 3.9% 4.0% 2,187
November
2021
4.2% 3.9% 4.0% 2,178

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.