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

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

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Unemployment Rates
Seasonally Adjusted
Oct 2015Sep 2015Oct 2014
United States5.0%5.1%5.7%
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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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A Look at How Iowa's Unemployment Rate is Calculated
Iowa Workforce Development produces the labor force estimates for Iowa and the local areas in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a statistical branch of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Federal/State program that is used to prepare these estimates is referred to as the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program. In operating the LAUS program, BLS is responsible for the concepts and definitions, technical procedures, and the review, analysis and publication of the estimates. The state agencies are responsible for the production of the estimates and analysis and dissemination of the data to their own customers.
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U.S. Local Area Unemployment Statistics
Unemployment information for the U.S. or for other states or metropolitan areas can be found at the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Local Area Unemployment Statistics home page.

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Benefits Information
Unemployment insurance replaces part of the income you lose when you become unemployed. Find informaton here about your eligibility for benefits and how to apply.

Unemployment Tax Information
The money used to pay Iowa unemployment insurance benefits comes from Iowa employers. Find information here about unemployment insurance tax rates and responsibilities.

Unemployment Insurance Statistical Data
Unemployment insurance statistical data are used for federal workload reporting; determining triggers for extended benefits programs, describing the size and scope of the UI program on local economies, and as an economic indicator. This page also includes unemployment insurance trust fund statistics, trust fund solvency analysis, and employer contribution statistics.

*Data and Publications*
State and Regional Unemployment, 2012 Annual Averages
In 2012, annual average unemployment rates declined in 46 states and the District of Columbia, rose in 2 states, and were unchanged in 2 states.

Iowa Qualifies Fourteen Areas of Substantial Unemployment
For Program Year 2016, Iowa designated fourteen areas as Areas of Substantial Unemployment (ASUs).
Nov-4-2015Go To Article

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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.

*Trends and Analysis*
High Unemployment Lingers as Economy Moves into Recovery
Iowa is currently struggling to recover from a deep recession, yet a return to normalcy seems far off.

Mass Layoff Statistics
The Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS) program is a Federal-State initiative that identifies, describes and tracks large job cutbacks. An event occurs when at least 20 workers are separated involuntarily by their employer due to a permanent layoff or closure for more than 30 days.

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