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Iowa City, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Iowa City fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2021 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Iowa City peaked in April 2020 at 10.1% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Iowa City 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
Iowa City 3.6% 0.0 -4.0
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: 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 April 2020 at 9,815. There are now 6,418 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,170 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 227. Iowa City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Iowa City, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Iowa City 3,397 +63 -3,839

Number of Unemployed Persons

Iowa City, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Iowa City
Unemployment Rate
Iowa City
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 3.9% 3.6% 3,397
April
2021
6.1% 3.8% 3.6% 3,334
March
2021
6.0% 3.7% 3.5% 3,272
February
2021
6.2% 3.7% 3.5% 3,237
January
2021
6.3% 3.6% 3.4% 3,170
December
2020
6.7% 3.7% 3.5% 3,216
November
2020
6.7% 3.9% 3.7% 3,403
October
2020
6.9% 4.2% 3.9% 3,661
September
2020
7.8% 4.7% 4.3% 4,006
August
2020
8.4% 5.3% 4.8% 4,503
July
2020
10.2% 6.1% 5.5% 5,218

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.