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Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa Job Growth

There were 90,900 jobs in Waterloo, Iowa in March 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 86,272 employed persons for the month. Waterloo lost 300 jobs in March 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 212 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Waterloo job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 90,900 -300 0
CPS 86,272 +212 -134

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Waterloo, Iowa Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Waterloo 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 for Waterloo, Iowa

CES employment for Waterloo peaked in August 2013 at 92,800. Since then 1,900 jobs have been lost in Waterloo according to the employer survey. From a trough of 90,500 in September 2015, Waterloo has gained 400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 91,250 for Waterloo in August 2008. 4,978 jobs have been lost in Waterloo since then according to the household survey. From a February 2010 low of 84,670, Waterloo has added 1,602 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2017

Waterloo, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2017 90,900 -300 86,272 212
February 2017 91,200 0 86,060 239
January 2017 91,200 100 85,821 -160
December 2016 91,100 300 85,981 -166
November 2016 90,800 -200 86,147 -170
October 2016 91,000 0 86,317 17
September 2016 91,000 -100 86,300 153
August 2016 91,100 400 86,147 157
July 2016 90,700 0 85,990 88
June 2016 90,700 0 85,902 -78
May 2016 90,700 -500 85,980 -220
April 2016 91,200 300 86,200 -206