Average Unemployment Rates By Region - 2021


NO: 21-04
TYPE: General

TOPIC: Average Unemployment Rates by Region

Local Workforce Development Areas

Iowa Unemployment Rates for WIOA Regions

Region Rate
Northeast Iowa LWDA 4.4
North Central Iowa LWDA 4.1
Northwest Iowa LWDA 3.1
Western Iowa LWDA 4.0
Central Iowa LWDA 4.3
Southwest Iowa LWDA 3.9
South Central Iowa LWDA 4.7
East Central Iowa LWDA 4.8
Mississippi Valley LWDA 5.6









Identifying potential Areas of Substantial Unemployment (ASUs) for PY2022 allocations to states.


This is a continuation of the Areas of Substantial Unemployment program. It is provided by the Labor Market Information Division of Iowa Workforce Development as part of the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program. It covers the time period from July 2020 through June 2021 and is similar to the report provided in November 2020.


Enclosed is a table of the average unemployment rates for Iowa’s regions for the time period stated above. These data were developed as part of our process to identify potential Areas of Substantial Unemployment for PY2022 allocations to states. In order to be designated as an ASU, an area must have a current population of at least 10,000 and an average unemployment rate of at least 6.5 percent for the reference period.

2021 Iowa ASU's

The average unemployment rate for the state of Iowa for the reference period is 4.4 percent. Since the statewide rate does not qualify the state as a whole as an ASU, our department has submitted the necessary paperwork to designate three areas within Iowa, created with the addition method. These areas are: Sioux City containing 16census tracts, Southeast Iowa containing 107 census tracts and Multiple Iowa Counties containing 279 census tracts. Maps of these ASUs are enclosed.


The data are for your information and may be provided to your Regional Workforce Investment Board.


Kris Henze at (515) 281-3890.


Beth Townsend
Iowa Workforce Development

Policy Date: 
November 15, 2021