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Iowa City, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Iowa City fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 1.8%. 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 4.9% and is now 3.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 1.8% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Iowa City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Iowa 2.4% -0.1 -0.5
Iowa City 1.8% 0.0 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 4,560. There are now 2,792 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,750 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 18. Iowa City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Iowa City, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Iowa City 1,768 -18 -525

Number of Unemployed Persons

Iowa City, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Iowa City
Unemployment Rate
Iowa City
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 2.4% 1.8% 1,768
September
2018
3.7% 2.5% 1.8% 1,786
August
2018
3.9% 2.5% 1.8% 1,750
July
2018
3.9% 2.6% 1.9% 1,823
June
2018
4.0% 2.7% 1.9% 1,874
May
2018
3.8% 2.7% 2.1% 2,021
April
2018
3.9% 2.8% 2.2% 2,100
March
2018
4.1% 2.8% 2.1% 2,072
February
2018
4.1% 2.9% 2.2% 2,130
January
2018
4.1% 2.9% 2.2% 2,079
December
2017
4.1% 2.9% 2.3% 2,260

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.