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Iowa City, Iowa Job Growth

There were 94,000 jobs in Iowa City, Iowa in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 89,207 employed persons for the month. Iowa City lost 200 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 179 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Iowa City job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 94,000 -200 -7,300
CPS 89,207 +179 -8,675

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

Iowa City, Iowa Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Iowa City 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 Iowa City, Iowa

CES employment for Iowa City peaked in December 2017 at 102,600. Since then 8,600 jobs have been lost in Iowa City according to the employer survey. From a trough of 89,500 in April 2020, Iowa City has gained 4,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 98,432 for Iowa City in September 2019. 9,225 jobs have been lost in Iowa City since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 87,007, Iowa City has added 2,200 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Iowa City, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 94,000 -200 89,207 179
January 2021 94,200 0 89,028 -2,022
December 2020 94,200 -200 91,050 2,025
November 2020 94,400 -600 89,025 -2,008
October 2020 95,000 -100 91,033 90
September 2020 95,100 0 90,943 1,403
August 2020 95,100 -400 89,540 -1,053
July 2020 95,500 1,300 90,593 -64
June 2020 94,200 3,400 90,657 2,009
May 2020 90,800 1,300 88,648 1,641
April 2020 89,500 -11,200 87,007 -8,163
March 2020 100,700 -600 95,170 -2,712