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Iowa City, Iowa Job Growth

There were 96,200 jobs in Iowa City, Iowa in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 89,680 employed persons for the month. Iowa City lost 900 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 1,353 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Iowa City job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 96,200 -900 -4,500
CPS 89,680 -1,353 -8,683

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 6,400 jobs have been lost in Iowa City according to the employer survey. From a trough of 88,400 in April 2020, Iowa City has gained 7,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 98,432 for Iowa City in September 2019. 8,752 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 2,673 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Iowa City, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 96,200 -900 89,680 -1,353
October 2020 97,100 300 91,033 90
September 2020 96,800 -500 90,943 1,403
August 2020 97,300 -900 89,540 -1,053
July 2020 98,200 700 90,593 -64
June 2020 97,500 5,400 90,657 2,009
May 2020 92,100 3,700 88,648 1,641
April 2020 88,400 -10,500 87,007 -8,163
March 2020 98,900 -800 95,170 -2,712
February 2020 99,700 -500 97,882 -239
January 2020 100,200 0 98,121 -150
December 2019 100,200 -500 98,271 -92