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Sioux City, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sioux City fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Iowa rate. The unemployment rate in Sioux City peaked in May 2010 at 6.7% and is now 4.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Sioux City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Iowa 2.4% -0.1 -0.5
Sioux City 2.3% -0.1 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 6,292. There are now 4,211 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Sioux City 2,081 -68 -534

Number of Unemployed Persons

Sioux City, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Sioux City
Unemployment Rate
Sioux City
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 2.4% 2.3% 2,081
September
2018
3.7% 2.5% 2.4% 2,149
August
2018
3.9% 2.5% 2.5% 2,246
July
2018
3.9% 2.6% 2.6% 2,408
June
2018
4.0% 2.7% 2.6% 2,406
May
2018
3.8% 2.7% 2.6% 2,379
April
2018
3.9% 2.8% 2.8% 2,547
March
2018
4.1% 2.8% 2.9% 2,637
February
2018
4.1% 2.9% 3.0% 2,751
January
2018
4.1% 2.9% 3.0% 2,735
December
2017
4.1% 2.9% 2.9% 2,609

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.