Department of Numbers

Iowa Job Growth

There were 1,580,600 jobs in Iowa in March 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,640,204 employed persons for the month. Iowa lost 500 jobs in March 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 481 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Iowa job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,580,600 -500 +8,100
CPS 1,640,204 +481 +2,887

Iowa Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for Iowa as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment in Iowa

CES employment peaked in February 2017 for Iowa at 1,581,100. Since then 500 jobs have been lost in Iowa according to the employer survey.

CPS employment in Iowa for March 2017 is at a new high of 1,640,204.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2017

Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2017 1,580,600 -500 1,640,204 481
February 2017 1,581,100 3,700 1,639,723 2,696
January 2017 1,577,400 5,600 1,637,027 2,408
December 2016 1,571,800 1,600 1,634,619 -833
November 2016 1,570,200 -3,000 1,635,452 -721
October 2016 1,573,200 800 1,636,173 -493
September 2016 1,572,400 -500 1,636,666 -128
August 2016 1,572,900 500 1,636,794 182
July 2016 1,572,400 6,200 1,636,612 261
June 2016 1,566,200 -1,700 1,636,351 21
May 2016 1,567,900 -3,800 1,636,330 -380
April 2016 1,571,700 -800 1,636,710 -607