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Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa Job Growth

There were 90,100 jobs in Waterloo, Iowa in October 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 85,565 employed persons for the month. Waterloo lost 200 jobs in October 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 18 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Waterloo job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 90,100 -200 +400
CPS 85,565 +18 +589

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

Waterloo, Iowa Employment Changes

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

CES employment for Waterloo peaked in August 2013 at 93,000. Since then 2,900 jobs have been lost in Waterloo according to the employer survey. From a trough of 89,700 in October 2017, Waterloo has gained 400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 91,250 for Waterloo in August 2008. 5,685 jobs have been lost in Waterloo since then according to the household survey. From a December 2017 low of 84,428, Waterloo has added 1,137 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2018

Waterloo, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2018 90,100 -200 85,565 18
September 2018 90,300 -200 85,547 -237
August 2018 90,500 -100 85,784 -184
July 2018 90,600 -100 85,968 213
June 2018 90,700 200 85,755 354
May 2018 90,500 100 85,401 12
April 2018 90,400 100 85,389 77
March 2018 90,300 -200 85,312 248
February 2018 90,500 -100 85,064 472
January 2018 90,600 400 84,592 164
December 2017 90,200 200 84,428 -220
November 2017 90,000 300 84,648 -328