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Sioux City, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sioux City fell 1.1 percentage points in May 2020 to 8.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Sioux City peaked in April 2020 at 9.8% and is now 1.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Sioux City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Iowa 10.0% -1.0 +7.3
Sioux City 8.7% -1.1 +5.9
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: 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 975 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Sioux City 8,189 -975 +5,574

Number of Unemployed Persons

Sioux City, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Sioux City
Unemployment Rate
Sioux City
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 10.0% 8.7% 8,189
April
2020
14.7% 11.0% 9.8% 9,164
March
2020
4.4% 3.3% 3.4% 3,141
February
2020
3.5% 2.8% 2.9% 2,755
January
2020
3.6% 2.8% 2.9% 2,746
December
2019
3.5% 2.8% 2.9% 2,741
November
2019
3.5% 2.8% 2.9% 2,720
October
2019
3.6% 2.8% 2.9% 2,694
September
2019
3.5% 2.8% 2.8% 2,667
August
2019
3.7% 2.8% 2.8% 2,640
July
2019
3.7% 2.7% 2.8% 2,619

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.