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Cedar Rapids, Iowa Job Growth

There were 136,600 jobs in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in August 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 132,828 employed persons for the month. Cedar Rapids lost 1,100 jobs in August 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 148 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Cedar Rapids job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 136,600 -1,100 +2,800
CPS 132,828 +148 +2,224

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 10,000 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 8,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 144,798 for Cedar Rapids in August 2019. 11,970 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 5,320 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2021

Cedar Rapids, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2021 136,600 -1,100 132,828 148
July 2021 137,700 500 132,680 557
June 2021 137,200 1,000 132,123 192
May 2021 136,200 0 131,931 396
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