Labor Market Information Division

Welcome to the Labor Market Information Division

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.

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Labor Force Summary Data Tool


Additional current and historical labor force information, along with data files for the above summary, are available on the Unemployment Rate & Labor Force (LAUS) page.


Latest News Releases and Announcements

News Archive

2016-2026 Industry Projections Released

The 2016-2026 long-term industry projections, also known as forecasts, have been released for the State of Iowa and the fifteen Iowa Workforce Development Regions.

2017 Statewide Laborshed Study Release

The 2017 Statewide Laborshed Study has been released and is available at

Iowa's Unemployment Rate at 2.9 in January

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 2.9% in January after an upward revision to the December 2017 rate. The state’s jobless rate was 3.4 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1 percent in January.

Third Quarter 2017 Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages Released

The third quarter 2017 Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) data has been released. This data is a census of jobs covered by unemployment insurance and is available for Iowa and the 99 counties by sector and subsector. The available data now covers the first quarter of 2011 through the third quarter of 2017.