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Iowa City, Iowa Job Growth

There were 98,900 jobs in Iowa City, Iowa in April 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 95,223 employed persons for the month. Iowa City lost 400 jobs in April 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 401 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Iowa City job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 98,900 -400 +3,300
CPS 95,223 +401 +3,921

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 102,700. Since then 3,800 jobs have been lost in Iowa City according to the employer survey. From a trough of 90,000 in April 2020, Iowa City has gained 8,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 99,378 for Iowa City in November 2019. 4,155 jobs have been lost in Iowa City since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 88,585, Iowa City has added 6,638 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2022

Iowa City, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2022 98,900 -400 95,223 401
March 2022 99,300 100 94,822 421
February 2022 99,200 200 94,401 552
January 2022 99,000 -100 93,849 542
December 2021 99,100 300 93,307 -22
November 2021 98,800 900 93,329 46
October 2021 97,900 200 93,283 263
September 2021 97,700 300 93,020 336
August 2021 97,400 100 92,684 363
July 2021 97,300 400 92,321 363
June 2021 96,900 500 91,958 324
May 2021 96,400 800 91,634 332