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Sioux City, Iowa Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sioux City fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2022 to 2.6%. 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 April 2020 at 9.3% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in June 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Sioux City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Iowa 2.7% +0.1 -1.4
Sioux City 2.6% 0.0 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 8,581. There are now 6,166 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,354 in June 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 61.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Sioux City 2,415 +12 -863

Number of Unemployed Persons

Sioux City, Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Sioux City
Unemployment Rate
Sioux City
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 2.7% 2.6% 2,415
August
2022
3.7% 2.6% 2.6% 2,403
July
2022
3.5% 2.5% 2.5% 2,357
June
2022
3.6% 2.6% 2.5% 2,354
May
2022
3.6% 2.7% 2.6% 2,421
April
2022
3.6% 3.0% 2.8% 2,553
March
2022
3.6% 3.3% 2.9% 2,719
February
2022
3.8% 3.5% 3.1% 2,860
January
2022
4.0% 3.7% 3.3% 3,023
December
2021
3.9% 3.9% 3.4% 3,141
November
2021
4.2% 3.9% 3.4% 3,124

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.