Iowa Employment Analysis

( Data Date : May 2018 )

Iowa Employment Data

When some people think of cornfields when they think of The Hawkeye State, Iowa’s economy benefits from an “agronomic ecosystem.” It may start with corn, but corn is just the beginning, extending into the food processing, new construction materials and even renewal fuel industries, according to the Iowa Economic Development Authority. “Our agronomic ecosystem creates industries not just products.” While agriculture played an historic role in Iowa’s economy, the state become more diversified in the 1980s when it became more dependent on manufacturing, biotechnology, finance and government services.

The latest employment scorecard for the State of Iowa for August 2016 to August 2017 is listed below, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Iowa has a mixed current employment scorecard. Its labor force and labor force participation rate both declined about one percent, while its unemployment rate declined 0.4 percent. The unemployment rate is at a very good 3.3 percent, and the actual labor force participation rate, while declining, is a very healthy 68.4 percent. You can view what jobs are available in Iowa, as well as which sectors of the economy are growing most quickly, on our Job Listings page.

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State/Metropolitan Employment Data:

Iowa Unemployment Rate Trends (% change)

  • Compared to national rates, iowa unemployment rate in May 2018 was lower by 1.8% than the U.S. rate of 4.0%.

  • Employment information is based on data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

    Graphs and charts are based on monthly data from 2000 to present (BLS reports monthly data a month to six weeks after the close of each month).

    The data MuniNet Guide uses and presents is seasonally adjusted.