Labor Market Information: Indicators

The following resources provide key measures on labor market activity including, but not limited to: the unemployment rate, employment and unemployment level, wages and hours. In addition tools for exploring various economic indicators are listed as well.

Consumer Price Index (CPI)

This is Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) program which produces monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services. Further information about the CPI can be accessed through the BLS Consumer Price Index home page.  The Inflation Calculator and CPI Databases are also available on the BLS website in addition to CPI data specific to the Midwest.

Current Employment Statistics (CES)

Measure of the monthly state and local nonfarm employment and wages. It is considered a leading economic indicator. Current and historical data can be accessed on the CES home page.

Employment Situation Summary

Based on the Current Population Survey, which surveys households, and the Current Employment Statistics (CES) Survey, which surveys employers, the report estimates the number of people employed and unemployed, the number of hours being worked, and hourly wage rate by major industries. The Employment Situation Summary is produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and is released the first Friday of every month. 

Population Statistics

Provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, population statistics show the composition of the workforce by gender, race, ethnicity and many other demographic variables. This information can assist employers in evaluating and/or establishing goals to improve their utilization of many pockets of labor and can assist in their personnel recruitment and affirmative action program planning. For this purpose, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Tabulations serve as the primary external benchmark for comparing race, ethnicity and gender composition of an organization's internal workforce with the external labor market by specified geographies and within specific job categories.

The Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program (PEP) produces estimates of the population by several levels of geography. Demographic components of population change (births, deaths and migration) are also provided. In addition, the American Community Survey (ACS), a product of the U.S. Census Bureauprovides a wealth of information about Americans and the workforce. 

Unemployment Insurance Statistics

Unemployment insurance (UI) benefits paid and number of UI recipients by county. It also includes statewide UI workload reporting data, employer contribution data, claims by industry and UI trust fund solvency analysis. Current and historical data can be accessed on the Unemployment Insurance Statistics home page.

Unemployment Rate & Labor Force (LAUS)

Monthly and annual estimates of total labor force, employment and unemployment for the State of Iowa, its counties, metropolitan statistical areas (MSA), districts and various regions across the State. These estimates are key indicators of local economic conditions. Current and historical data can be accessed on the LAUS home page.