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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.
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Labor Force Summary Data Tool
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Latest News Releases and Announcements
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.
Iowa's Job Market Tightens as Unemployment Rate Drops to 2.8 Percent in December
Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 2.8 percent for December. The state’s jobless rate was 3.5 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent in December for the third straight month.
Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Drops Below 3.0 Percent for 1st Time in 17 Years
Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 2.9 percent for November. The last time the rate was this low was in December 2000. The state’s jobless rate was 3.5 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent in November.