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.


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News Archive

Manufacturing Posts Job Gain for Third Straight Month; Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Remains at 3.2 Percent in July

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 3.2 percent for July. The state’s jobless rate was 3.7 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate decreased slightly to 4.3 percent in July.

2017 Iowa's Workforce and the Economy Released

The 2017 Iowa’s Workforce and the Economy is now available. The annual publication provides an overview of Iowa’s economy, trends and local economic initiatives. This year we have included articles on: healthcare, population, industry projections, and website enhancements along with the usual summaries on local area unemployment statistics and current employment statistics.

To view the publication click Iowa's Workforce and the Economy or visit the Special Publications page.

First Quarter 2017 Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages Released

The first 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 first quarter of 2017.

To view the updated data visit the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages page.

Iowa Adds 11,200 Jobs in June

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 3.2 percent for June. The state’s jobless rate was 3.8 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate rose to 4.4 percent in June.