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Cedar Rapids, Iowa Job Growth

There were 136,700 jobs in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 132,173 employed persons for the month. Cedar Rapids added 400 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 29 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Cedar Rapids job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 136,700 +400 -9,400
CPS 132,173 -29 -12,362

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 9,900 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 8,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 145,687 for Cedar Rapids in August 2019. 13,514 jobs have been lost in Cedar Rapids since then according to the household survey. From a June 2020 low of 127,778, Cedar Rapids has added 4,395 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Cedar Rapids, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 136,700 400 132,173 -29
January 2021 136,300 -300 132,202 968
December 2020 136,600 400 131,234 1,732
November 2020 136,200 -500 129,502 -4,189
October 2020 136,700 1,700 133,691 1,315
September 2020 135,000 1,200 132,376 2,876
August 2020 133,800 -1,300 129,500 -133
July 2020 135,100 3,200 129,633 1,855
June 2020 131,900 1,700 127,778 -2,025
May 2020 130,199 2,199 129,803 1,619
April 2020 128,000 -17,500 128,184 -13,483
March 2020 145,500 -600 141,667 -2,868