Labor Market Information Division

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The Labor Market Information (LMI) Division collects, analyzes and prepares a wide array of labor market data including: employment, industry and occupational statistics, wages, projections, trends and other workforce characteristics.  This information is reported for the State of Iowa as a whole as well as for other geographic areas within the State.  

It is the mission of the Division to produce and deliver information in a reliable and timely manner in order to inform data-driven decisions for business, career, educational programming and economic development. 

The LMI Division works in cooperation with the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Employment and Training Administration (ETA) along with the United States Census Bureau. The Division also works closely with local economic development and education professionals to provide custom workforce data. 

The products and services of the LMI Division serve economic developers, employers, job seekers, academic institutions, government agencies, legislators, grant writers, labor organizations, consultants, Iowa Workforce Development staff and other agency partners.

For more details regarding the specific products and services available through the LMI Division follow the Labor Market Information links listed in the navigation pane on the left side of this page.

We value your feedback.  Please send us questions, comments, or suggestions about LMI products and services through our LMI Feedback Form.


For further information contact:

Labor Market Information Division
Ed Wallace, Interim Director
Telephone:  515-281-5082


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News Archive

Iowa's Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.7 Percent in August

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.

Iowa's Unemployment Rate at 3.8 Percent in July

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 3.8 percent in July from 3.7 percent in June. The state’s jobless rate was 4.3 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate remained at 5.3 percent in July.

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.7 Percent

“For the fourth time this year, the unemployment rate is down,” said Beth Townsend, director of Iowa Workforce Development. “As the low unemployment trend continues, encouraging gains are being seen in the retail sector; the business establishment survey added 3,000 retail jobs this month.”

Iowa Unemployment Rate Remains at 3.8 Percent

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 3.8 percent in May, but was down from the May 2014 rate of 4.4 percent.