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Iowa City, Iowa Job Growth

There were 95,000 jobs in Iowa City, Iowa in July 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 89,921 employed persons for the month. Iowa City lost 600 jobs in July 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 95 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Iowa City job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 95,000 -600 -500
CPS 89,921 +95 +697

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 7,600 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 5,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 98,283 for Iowa City in November 2019. 8,362 jobs have been lost in Iowa City since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 87,565, Iowa City has added 2,356 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2021

Iowa City, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2021 95,000 -600 89,921 95
June 2021 95,600 1,000 89,826 103
May 2021 94,600 400 89,723 210
April 2021 94,200 -100 89,513 139
March 2021 94,300 400 89,374 -28
February 2021 93,900 -300 89,402 -16
January 2021 94,200 0 89,418 -22
December 2020 94,200 -200 89,440 37
November 2020 94,400 -600 89,403 -2
October 2020 95,000 -100 89,405 -27
September 2020 95,100 0 89,432 38
August 2020 95,100 -400 89,394 170