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Sioux City, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sioux City rose 0.3 percentage points in January 2021 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Sioux City peaked in April 2020 at 9.8% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in December 2020, 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 January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
Iowa 3.6% -0.1 +0.8
Sioux City 3.3% +0.3 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February 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 April 2020 at 9,164. There are now 6,201 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,678 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 285.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Sioux City 2,963 +285 +217

Number of Unemployed Persons

Sioux City, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Sioux City
Unemployment Rate
Sioux City
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 3.6%
January
2021
6.3% 3.6% 3.3% 2,963
December
2020
6.7% 3.7% 3.0% 2,678
November
2020
6.7% 3.9% 3.4% 3,035
October
2020
6.9% 4.2% 3.3% 3,026
September
2020
7.8% 4.7% 4.2% 3,812
August
2020
8.4% 5.3% 5.5% 4,948
July
2020
10.2% 6.1% 6.1% 5,604
June
2020
11.1% 7.1% 7.4% 6,764
May
2020
13.3% 8.3% 9.0% 8,373
April
2020
14.8% 11.1% 9.8% 9,164

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.