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Cedar Rapids, Iowa Job Growth

There were 136,200 jobs in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 131,984 employed persons for the month. Cedar Rapids lost 0 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 449 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Cedar Rapids job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 136,200 0 +6,000
CPS 131,984 +449 +3,533

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

Cedar Rapids, Iowa Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Cedar Rapids 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 Cedar Rapids, Iowa

CES employment for Cedar Rapids peaked in November 2019 at 146,600. Since then 10,400 jobs have been lost in Cedar Rapids according to the employer survey. From a trough of 128,000 in April 2020, Cedar Rapids has gained 8,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 144,798 for Cedar Rapids in August 2019. 12,814 jobs have been lost in Cedar Rapids since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 127,508, Cedar Rapids has added 4,476 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Cedar Rapids, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 136,200 0 131,984 449
April 2021 136,200 100 131,535 252
March 2021 136,100 -200 131,283 67
February 2021 136,300 0 131,216 137
January 2021 136,300 -300 131,079 47
December 2020 136,600 400 131,032 -9
November 2020 136,200 -500 131,041 -41
October 2020 136,700 1,700 131,082 144
September 2020 135,000 1,200 130,938 334
August 2020 133,800 -1,300 130,604 547
July 2020 135,100 3,200 130,057 756
June 2020 131,900 1,700 129,301 850