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Iowa City, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Iowa City fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 1.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Iowa City peaked in June 2009 at 4.8% and is now 2.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 1.8% in February 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Iowa City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Iowa 2.5% 0.0 +0.1
Iowa City 1.9% 0.0 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Iowa City, Iowa, National

Iowa City, Iowa monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Iowa City, Iowa Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Iowa City peaked in July 2009 at 4,436. There are now 2,563 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,740 in April 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 133. Iowa City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Iowa City, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Iowa City 1,873 +27 +62

Number of Unemployed Persons

Iowa City, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Iowa City
Unemployment Rate
Iowa City
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 2.5%
August
2019
3.7% 2.5% 1.9% 1,873
July
2019
3.7% 2.5% 1.9% 1,846
June
2019
3.7% 2.4% 1.8% 1,787
May
2019
3.6% 2.4% 1.8% 1,767
April
2019
3.6% 2.4% 1.8% 1,740
March
2019
3.8% 2.4% 1.8% 1,762
February
2019
3.8% 2.4% 1.8% 1,772
January
2019
4.0% 2.4% 1.9% 1,832
December
2018
3.9% 2.4% 1.9% 1,835
November
2018
3.7% 2.4% 1.9% 1,830
October
2018
3.8% 2.4% 1.9% 1,814

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.