Department of Numbers

Iowa Job Growth

There were 1,563,700 jobs in Iowa in March 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,637,057 employed persons for the month. Iowa lost 1,500 jobs in March 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 9,908 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Iowa job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,563,700 -1,500 +32,500
CPS 1,637,057 +9,908 +39,398

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 January 2020 for Iowa at 1,591,700. Since then 28,000 jobs have been lost in Iowa according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,413,900 in April 2020, Iowa has gained 149,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Iowa reached a maximum of 1,710,838 in October 2019. 73,781 jobs have been lost in Iowa since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 1,540,749, Iowa has added 96,308 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2022

Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2022 1,563,700 -1,500 1,637,057 9,908
February 2022 1,565,200 8,800 1,627,149 9,492
January 2022 1,556,400 3,100 1,617,657 6,884
December 2021 1,553,300 10,000 1,610,773 116
November 2021 1,543,300 3,400 1,610,657 -135
October 2021 1,539,900 0 1,610,792 1,448
September 2021 1,539,900 600 1,609,344 -168
August 2021 1,539,300 -2,000 1,609,512 885
July 2021 1,541,300 10,600 1,608,627 1,054
June 2021 1,530,700 600 1,607,573 2,655
May 2021 1,530,100 700 1,604,918 3,214
April 2021 1,529,400 -1,800 1,601,704 4,045