Department of Numbers

Iowa Job Growth

There were 1,575,200 jobs in Iowa in July 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,667,230 employed persons for the month. Iowa added 3,800 jobs in July 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 1,875 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Iowa job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,575,200 +3,800 +33,900
CPS 1,667,230 +1,875 +58,603

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 16,500 jobs have been lost in Iowa according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,413,900 in April 2020, Iowa has gained 161,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Iowa reached a maximum of 1,710,838 in October 2019. 43,608 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 126,481 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2022

Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2022 1,575,200 3,800 1,667,230 1,875
June 2022 1,571,400 3,700 1,665,355 8,067
May 2022 1,567,700 2,200 1,657,288 10,458
April 2022 1,565,500 3,100 1,646,830 10,002
March 2022 1,562,400 -2,800 1,636,828 9,679
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