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Sioux City, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sioux City fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Sioux City peaked in May 2010 at 6.7% and is now 4.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.2% in November 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Sioux 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
Sioux City 2.5% -0.2 -0.5
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: Sioux City, Iowa, National

Sioux City, Iowa monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Sioux City, Iowa Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Sioux City peaked in May 2010 at 6,292. There are now 3,923 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,041 in November 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 328.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Sioux City 2,369 -137 -382

Number of Unemployed Persons

Sioux City, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Sioux City
Unemployment Rate
Sioux City
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 2.4%
February
2019
3.8% 2.4% 2.5% 2,369
January
2019
4.0% 2.4% 2.7% 2,506
December
2018
3.9% 2.4% 2.5% 2,307
November
2018
3.7% 2.4% 2.2% 2,041
October
2018
3.8% 2.4% 2.3% 2,085
September
2018
3.7% 2.4% 2.4% 2,149
August
2018
3.8% 2.4% 2.5% 2,246
July
2018
3.9% 2.4% 2.6% 2,408
June
2018
4.0% 2.5% 2.6% 2,406
May
2018
3.8% 2.6% 2.6% 2,379
April
2018
3.9% 2.6% 2.8% 2,547

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.