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Iowa City, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Iowa City fell 1.2 percentage points in May 2020 to 8.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Iowa City peaked in April 2020 at 10.1% and is now 1.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Iowa City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Iowa 10.2% -0.8 +7.5
Iowa City 8.9% -1.2 +6.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 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 9,733. There are now 1,203 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Iowa City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Iowa City, Iowa) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Iowa City 8,530 -1,203 +6,473

Number of Unemployed Persons

Iowa City, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Iowa City
Unemployment Rate
Iowa City
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 8.0%
May
2020
13.3% 10.2% 8.9% 8,530
April
2020
14.7% 11.0% 10.1% 9,733
March
2020
4.4% 3.3% 2.7% 2,686
February
2020
3.5% 2.8% 2.2% 2,194
January
2020
3.6% 2.8% 2.2% 2,190
December
2019
3.5% 2.8% 2.2% 2,247
November
2019
3.5% 2.8% 2.2% 2,204
October
2019
3.6% 2.8% 2.2% 2,164
September
2019
3.5% 2.8% 2.1% 2,127
August
2019
3.7% 2.8% 2.1% 2,100

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.