Department of Numbers

Iowa Job Growth

There were 1,503,600 jobs in Iowa in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,561,588 employed persons for the month. Iowa lost 10,100 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 14,075 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Iowa job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,503,600 -10,100 -82,400
CPS 1,561,588 -14,075 -143,302

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 87,300 jobs have been lost in Iowa according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,395,500 in April 2020, Iowa has gained 108,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Iowa reached a maximum of 1,705,063 in October 2019. 143,475 jobs have been lost in Iowa since then according to the household survey. From a June 2020 low of 1,506,501, Iowa has added 55,087 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 1,503,600 -10,100 1,561,588 -14,075
October 2020 1,513,700 11,500 1,575,663 16,519
September 2020 1,502,200 10,000 1,559,144 36,355
August 2020 1,492,200 4,500 1,522,789 6,612
July 2020 1,487,700 28,400 1,516,177 9,676
June 2020 1,459,300 44,700 1,506,501 -14,653
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