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Sioux City, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sioux City rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 2.6%. 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 4.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.2% in October 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Sioux City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Iowa 2.5% +0.1 +0.1
Sioux City 2.6% +0.1 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 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 May 2010 at 6,265. There are now 3,839 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,058 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 368.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Sioux City 2,426 +53 +183

Number of Unemployed Persons

Sioux City, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Sioux City
Unemployment Rate
Sioux City
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 2.5%
July
2019
3.7% 2.5% 2.6% 2,426
June
2019
3.7% 2.4% 2.5% 2,373
May
2019
3.6% 2.4% 2.5% 2,342
April
2019
3.6% 2.4% 2.5% 2,343
March
2019
3.8% 2.4% 2.5% 2,352
February
2019
3.8% 2.4% 2.5% 2,293
January
2019
4.0% 2.4% 2.4% 2,255
December
2018
3.9% 2.4% 2.2% 2,069
November
2018
3.7% 2.4% 2.2% 2,060
October
2018
3.8% 2.4% 2.2% 2,058

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.