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Iowa City, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Iowa City fell 0.3 percentage points in February 2019 to 1.6%. 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 June 2009 at 4.9% and is now 3.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Iowa City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Iowa 2.4% 0.0 -0.3
Iowa City 1.6% -0.3 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 2,976 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 February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Iowa City 1,584 -236 -546

Number of Unemployed Persons

Iowa City, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Iowa City
Unemployment Rate
Iowa City
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 2.4%
February
2019
3.8% 2.4% 1.6% 1,584
January
2019
4.0% 2.4% 1.9% 1,820
December
2018
3.9% 2.4% 1.9% 1,866
November
2018
3.7% 2.4% 1.9% 1,828
October
2018
3.8% 2.4% 1.8% 1,766
September
2018
3.7% 2.4% 1.8% 1,786
August
2018
3.8% 2.4% 1.8% 1,750
July
2018
3.9% 2.4% 1.9% 1,823
June
2018
4.0% 2.5% 1.9% 1,874
May
2018
3.8% 2.6% 2.1% 2,021
April
2018
3.9% 2.6% 2.2% 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.