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Sioux City, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sioux City fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2021 to 3.0%. 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 6.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Sioux City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Iowa 3.7% -0.2 -0.2
Sioux City 3.0% -0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 6,295 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Sioux City 2,686 -97 -593

Number of Unemployed Persons

Sioux City, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Sioux City
Unemployment Rate
Sioux City
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 3.7% 3.0% 2,686
October
2021
4.6% 3.9% 3.1% 2,783
September
2021
4.7% 4.0% 3.1% 2,803
August
2021
5.2% 4.1% 3.8% 3,397
July
2021
5.4% 4.1% 3.8% 3,434
June
2021
5.9% 4.0% 3.8% 3,442
May
2021
5.8% 3.9% 3.7% 3,354
April
2021
6.0% 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
6.4% 3.6% 4.1% 3,635

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.