Overall unemployment rate moved up to 2.5% with the biggest shift in Government, which gained 1,200 roles, based on the most recently available information published in December 2022.

Total employment in the Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA market rose by 1,604 jobs in October and the unemployment rate increased compared to the prior month by 20 bps to 2.5%. The national unemployment rate increased by 8 bps over the same time to 3.4%.

  • Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA unemployment rate is 90 bps below the national rate which is a positive sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 80 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in October versus prior month by 4.2% and are up 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 October 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs grew by 1.1% . Key sectors include:

  • Transportation & Utilities: 71,900; +700
  • Financial Services: 56,400; +100
  • Education & Healthcare: 54,000; +1,000
  • Business Services: 53,000; +900
  • Government: 47,900; +1,200
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 35,000; -600
  • Construction, Mining: 23,500; +500
  • Manufacturing: 21,800; no change
  • Other Jobs: 13,200; +200
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA Unemployment by Industry October 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through October 2022 (Data published December 2022 and reports created on December 2, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.