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Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa Job Growth

There were 91,800 jobs in Waterloo, Iowa in February 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 87,885 employed persons for the month. Waterloo lost 200 jobs in February 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,274 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Waterloo job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 91,800 -200 +300
CPS 87,885 +1,274 +2,821

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 1,200 jobs have been lost in Waterloo according to the employer survey. From a trough of 90,400 in March 2017, Waterloo has gained 1,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 91,250 for Waterloo in August 2008. 3,365 jobs have been lost in Waterloo since then according to the household survey. From a December 2017 low of 84,428, Waterloo has added 3,457 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2019

Waterloo, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2019 91,800 -200 87,885 1,274
January 2019 92,000 100 86,611 1,491
December 2018 91,900 100 85,120 -149
November 2018 91,800 200 85,269 -288
October 2018 91,600 -300 85,557 10
September 2018 91,900 -200 85,547 -237
August 2018 92,100 100 85,784 -184
July 2018 92,000 100 85,968 213
June 2018 91,900 -100 85,755 354
May 2018 92,000 500 85,401 12
April 2018 91,500 0 85,389 77
March 2018 91,500 0 85,312 248