Department of Numbers

Iowa Job Growth

There were 1,464,800 jobs in Iowa in June 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,508,262 employed persons for the month. Iowa added 50,200 jobs in June 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 12,892 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Iowa job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey June 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,464,800 +50,200 -117,700
CPS 1,508,262 -12,892 -179,797

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 2019 for Iowa at 1,590,900. Since then 126,100 jobs have been lost in Iowa according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,395,500 in April 2020, Iowa has gained 69,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Iowa reached a maximum of 1,705,063 in October 2019. 196,801 jobs have been lost in Iowa since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through June 2020

Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
June 2020 1,464,800 50,200 1,508,262 -12,892
May 2020 1,414,600 19,100 1,521,154 -3,482
April 2020 1,395,500 -176,900 1,524,636 -140,808
March 2020 1,572,400 -8,900 1,665,444 -37,907
February 2020 1,581,300 -3,700 1,703,351 -1,627
January 2020 1,585,000 -400 1,704,978 702
December 2019 1,585,400 -600 1,704,276 -614
November 2019 1,586,000 -1,900 1,704,890 -173
October 2019 1,587,900 3,000 1,705,063 2,587
September 2019 1,584,900 -200 1,702,476 4,203
August 2019 1,585,100 -700 1,698,273 5,025
July 2019 1,585,800 3,300 1,693,248 5,189