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Iowa City, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Iowa City rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2021 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Iowa City peaked in April 2020 at 10.1% and is now 6.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in July 2021, 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 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.2% -0.2 -3.2
Iowa 4.1% 0.0 -1.2
Iowa City 3.3% +0.1 -1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2021 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 April 2020 at 9,815. There are now 6,748 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,006 in July 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 61. Iowa City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Iowa City, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Iowa City 3,067 +61 -1,436

Number of Unemployed Persons

Iowa City, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Iowa City
Unemployment Rate
Iowa City
Unemployed
September
2021
4.8%
August
2021
5.2% 4.1% 3.3% 3,067
July
2021
5.4% 4.1% 3.2% 3,006
June
2021
5.9% 4.0% 3.8% 3,517
May
2021
5.8% 3.9% 3.7% 3,419
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

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.