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Iowa Nonfarm Employment
October 2015
Total nonfarm employment added jobs for the second consecutive month and rests at 1,577,300 total jobs. The gain was primarily fueled by private services.

Iowa Current Employment Situation
October 2015
Iowa's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased slightly to 3.5 percent in October from 3.6 percent in September. The state's jobless rate was 4.3 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate decreased to 5.0 percent in October.

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.
Nov-20-2015Go To Article
Middle-Skill Jobs in Iowa
The Middle-Skill Jobs in Iowa publication provides information on jobs and workers by skill level, occupations with the largest openings and are fast-growing, and community college training. Middle-skill jobs by Iowa Workforce Development regions are provided.

BLS-The Employment Situation News Release
October 2015
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 271,000 in October. Over the prior 12 months, employment growth had averaged 230,000 per month. In October, job gains occurred in professional and business services, health care, retail trade, food services and drinking places, and construction.

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 2nd quarter.
Nov-10-2015Go 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 2015 through 2017 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.
Nov-25-2015Go 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.

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*Quick Stats*
Unemployment Rates
Seasonally Adjusted
Oct 2015Sep 2015Oct 2014
United States5.0%5.1%5.7%
More labor force infoLatest Monthly Press Release
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Iowa Nonfarm Employment
(in Thousands)
   Change From
Oct 2015Sep 2015Oct 2014Sep 2015Oct 2014
Natural Resources and Mining2.
Trade, Transport and Utilities316.4313.7315.92.70.5
Professional and Business Services144.6141.1138.13.56.5
Educational and Health Services235.4229.0229.66.45.8
Leisure and Hospitality139.3143.8137.4-4.51.9
Other Services62.460.558.81.93.6
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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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