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Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa Job Growth

There were 86,600 jobs in Waterloo, Iowa in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 80,853 employed persons for the month. Waterloo added 100 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 969 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Waterloo job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 86,600 +100 -3,200
CPS 80,853 -969 -7,310

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 92,700. Since then 6,100 jobs have been lost in Waterloo according to the employer survey. From a trough of 81,200 in April 2020, Waterloo has gained 5,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 91,067 for Waterloo in August 2008. 10,214 jobs have been lost in Waterloo since then according to the household survey. From a May 2020 low of 79,832, Waterloo has added 1,021 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Waterloo, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 86,600 100 80,853 -969
October 2020 86,500 -100 81,822 228
September 2020 86,600 -500 81,594 1,324
August 2020 87,100 400 80,270 247
July 2020 86,700 1,400 80,023 162
June 2020 85,300 2,400 79,861 29
May 2020 82,900 1,700 79,832 -44
April 2020 81,200 -7,700 79,876 -6,202
March 2020 88,900 -800 86,078 -1,740
February 2020 89,700 -100 87,818 -247
January 2020 89,800 100 88,065 139
December 2019 89,700 -100 87,926 -237