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Iowa Nonfarm Employment
August 2015
Total nonfarm employment shed 800 jobs in August, lowering employment down to 1,575,900 jobs. The loss is only the second in this year and the smallest absolute monthly movement in 2015. Private sectors added jobs this month (+1,000), but were hampered by government (-1,800). The loss was due partially to summer programs ending and government education reaching their summer low point. This loss is seasonal and government remains up 1,000 jobs versus last August.

Iowa Current Employment Situation
August 2015
Iowa's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased slightly to 3.7 percent in August from 3.8 percent in July. The state's jobless rate was 4.3 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 5.1 percent in August.

Status of the Iowa Workforce and Economy
A brief summary of the monthly status of the Iowa Economy

Iowa Current Employment Statistics (CES)
The latest Current Employment Statistics for Statewide, MSAs, and Rural Counties.
Jun-3-2015Go To Article
BLS-The Employment Situation News Release
August 2015
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 173,000 in August, and the unemployment rate edged down to 5.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in health care and social assistance and in financial activities. Manufacturing and mining lost jobs.

Iowa Industry Profiles
Industry profiles for all major sectors of the Iowa economy were created using BLS and U.S. Census data. These publications compare wages and employment over several years and by county, statewide, and the nation.
Sep-1-2015Go To Article
Latest Statewide QCEW Information
Latest statewide QCEW information from 2013 1st quarter to 2015 1st quarter.
Aug-11-2015Go To Article
Iowa Long & Short Term Occupational Projections
2014-2016 and 2012-2022 statewide projections are now available! The Occupational Projections provide detailed occupational information on the estimated activity for each occupation in areas of employment, new jobs, replacements, and total annual openings.
Iowa Long-Term and Short-Term Industry Projections
Statewide Short Term Projected Industry Employment for 2014 through 2016 is now available.
WIN-WIN Network
The Labor Market Information (LMI) WIN-WIN Network Community of Practices provides new and original workforce information resources and assistance with using LMI to improve employment programs and policies.

Iowa's Workforce and the Economy 2015
The 2015 Iowa's Workforce and the Economy provides an overview of Iowa's economy and trends in the state and local labor force and nonfarm employment. Topical articles are included on: the recession and recovery in the construction industry, employment outcomes of recent community college graduates, occupational projections, and Iowa Economic Development (IEDA) Incentive Awards.

Iowa's 2012-2022 STEM Jobs provides a listing of fast growing occupational groups requiring significant education and training in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These highly sought occupations can be downloaded and printed on letter-sized (8.5" x 11") paper.
Oct-30-2014Go To Article
Green Jobs
Green Jobs 2012-2022 examines the "greening" of workplace occupations in Iowa and IWD regions as organizations adapt to marketplace conditions favoring increased sustainability practices. Green Jobs can be downloaded and printed on letter-sized (8.5" x 11") paper.
Hot Jobs
Hot Jobs 2012-2022 represents the "high demand, high salary" occupations found in Iowa and its IWD regions. Data also include updated wages from the 2012 Iowa Wage Survey, employment figures, education/training requirements, and needed skills. Hot Jobs can be downloaded and printed on letter-sized (8.5" x 11") paper.
Career & Education Outlook
The 2012-2022 Career & Education Outlook provides for Iowa and IWD regions a listing of the fastest growing occupations by educational achievement level. These high demand jobs can be downloaded and printed on letter-sized (8.5" x 11") paper.

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*Quick Stats*
Unemployment Rates
Seasonally Adjusted
Aug 2015Jul 2015Aug 2014
United States5.1%5.3%6.1%
More labor force infoLatest Monthly Press Release

Iowa Nonfarm Employment
(in Thousands)
   Change From
Aug 2015Jul 2015Aug 2014Jul 2015Aug 2014
Natural Resources and Mining2.
Trade, Transport and Utilities318.2320.5312.7-2.35.5
Professional and Business Services141.3141.0139.20.32.1
Educational and Health Services217.7217.5214.80.22.9
Leisure and Hospitality148.8149.4145.1-0.63.7
Other Services60.361.959.6-1.60.7
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Iowa Labor Force Summaries

These files contain data on labor force, employment, unemployment and unemployment rate for each Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), county, and city. MSA and county data also contain employment levels by industrial group within that MSA or county.

Unemployment Rate News Release Dates
The 2015 dates for the Iowa unemployment rate news releases are now available.

State of Iowa Website
Your link to State government information for businesses.

Laborshed Studies
A Laborshed is defined as the area or region from which an employment center draws its commuting workers regardless of natural or political boundaries. This study gives communities the ability to document and illustrate the characteristics of their labor force which in turn has proven to be a unique and effective tool for retaining and expanding their existing businesses while also attracting prospective new employers into the area.

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