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.)