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

2018 Statewide Laborshed Study Released

The purpose of the Laborshed analysis is to measure the availability and characteristics of workers within the State of Iowa. The information reported is collected through Iowa Workforce Development’s household Laborshed Survey which is conducted throughout the year.

Series of Laborshed Studies Released in Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Region

The communities of the Amanas, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Monticello, Tipton, Vinton, and Washington have had a Laborshed study completed. The results can be found on the LMI Laborshed page (

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Remains Steady in February

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 2.4 percent in February. The state’s jobless rate was 2.7 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent in February.

2018-2020 Short-Term Industry Projections Released

The 2018Q2-2020Q2 short-term industry projections, also known as forecasts, have been released for the State of Iowa and the fifteen Iowa Workforce Development Regions.