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Sioux City, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sioux City fell 0.4 percentage points in July 2021 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Sioux City peaked in April 2020 at 9.7% and is now 6.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Sioux City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Iowa 4.1% +0.1 -2.0
Sioux City 3.4% -0.4 -2.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 8,981. There are now 5,953 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Sioux City 3,028 -414 -1,864

Number of Unemployed Persons

Sioux City, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Sioux City
Unemployment Rate
Sioux City
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.1% 3.4% 3,028
June
2021
5.9% 4.0% 3.8% 3,442
May
2021
5.8% 3.9% 3.7% 3,354
April
2021
6.1% 3.8% 3.7% 3,312
March
2021
6.0% 3.7% 3.7% 3,338
February
2021
6.2% 3.7% 3.9% 3,458
January
2021
6.3% 3.6% 4.1% 3,635
December
2020
6.7% 3.7% 3.5% 3,132
November
2020
6.7% 3.9% 3.7% 3,279
October
2020
6.9% 4.2% 3.9% 3,480
September
2020
7.8% 4.7% 4.2% 3,779

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.