Polk County Health Department

Unemployment

Content updated on 07/10/17

Polk County’s total unemployment rate peaked in 2011 at 7.3%. Since then, it has been steadily declining reaching 5.7% in 2015.

Unemployment Rate By Educational Attainment

Data indicates that people with higher levels of education consistently had lower unemployment rates than people with lower levels of education. Between 2011 – 2015, individuals with less than high school degree had an unemployment rate of 11.3%, whereas those with a bachelor’s degree or higher had a 2% rate of unemployment.

Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity

A comparison of unemployment rates based on race and ethnicity shows disparities among populations. During 2011-2015, unemployment rates for African Americans (17.4%) were much higher than rates associated to Hispanics (8.3%), Asians (6.1%) and Whites (5.0%).

Unemployment Rate By ZIP in Polk County

Among ZIP census codes in Polk County, the codes 50314 (15.4%), 50316 (11.7%) and 50317 (10.1%) showed the highest percentage of unemployment. (Source: American Community Survey ZCTA 2011-2015 5-year estimates. Based in population over 16 years old.)

Unemployment Rate By US Census Tract (Source: American Community Survey ZCTA 2011-2015 5-year estimates. Based in population over 16 years old.)


Contact Us

Phone: (515)-286-3798
Fax: (515)-286-2033
Toll free: 866-209-1300
Email:
healthdept@polkcountyiowa.gov


Address: 1907, Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314