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Iowa City, Iowa Job Growth

There were 95,100 jobs in Iowa City, Iowa in November 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 90,299 employed persons for the month. Iowa City added 300 jobs in November 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 207 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Iowa City job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 95,100 +300 +700
CPS 90,299 +207 +896

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

CPS employment reached a maximum of 98,283 for Iowa City in November 2019. 7,984 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 2,734 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2021

Iowa City, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2021 95,100 300 90,299 207
October 2021 94,800 -100 90,092 62
September 2021 94,900 200 90,030 91
August 2021 94,700 -500 89,939 0
July 2021 95,200 -400 89,939 113
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