Overall unemployment rate moved down to 3.4% with the biggest shift in Restaurants & Hotels, which gained 1,200 roles, based on the most recently available information published in April 2022.

Total employment in the Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA market rose by 4,404 jobs in February and the unemployment rate decreased compared to the prior month by 80 bps to 3.4%. The national unemployment rate decreased by 28 bps over the same time to 4.1%.

  • Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA unemployment rate is 74 bps below the national rate which is a positive sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 160 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in February versus prior month by 4% and are down compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA Unemployment February 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs grew by 0.5% . Key sectors include:

  • Transportation & Utilities: 71,500; -800
  • Financial Services: 56,300; -200
  • Education & Healthcare: 52,800; +800
  • Business Services: 50,000; +500
  • Government: 47,800; +300
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 33,200; +1,200
  • Manufacturing: 21,800; +300
  • Construction, Mining: 19,200; -300
  • Other Jobs: 12,700; no change
  • IT & Development: 6,100; no change
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA Unemployment by Industry February 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through February 2022 (Data published April 2022 and reports created on April 6, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.