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Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa Job Growth

There were 85,400 jobs in Waterloo, Iowa in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 81,362 employed persons for the month. Waterloo added 100 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 75 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Waterloo job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 85,400 +100 -5,100
CPS 81,362 +75 -6,456

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 7,300 jobs have been lost in Waterloo according to the employer survey. From a trough of 80,000 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. 9,705 jobs have been lost in Waterloo since then according to the household survey. From a May 2020 low of 79,832, Waterloo has added 1,530 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Waterloo, Iowa Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 85,400 100 81,362 75
January 2021 85,300 0 81,287 874
December 2020 85,300 -400 80,413 223
November 2020 85,700 100 80,190 -1,632
October 2020 85,600 -200 81,822 228
September 2020 85,800 -300 81,594 1,324
August 2020 86,100 500 80,270 247
July 2020 85,600 1,600 80,023 162
June 2020 84,000 3,800 79,861 29
May 2020 80,200 200 79,832 -44
April 2020 80,000 -10,000 79,876 -6,202
March 2020 90,000 -500 86,078 -1,740