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 Iowa's Workforce and the Economy Released

The 2018 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: manufacturing, student retention, industry projections, and laborshed analysis 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.

The 2018 Iowa Wage Survey and the 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics Wages have been released.

The 2018 Iowa Wage Survey and the 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Wages have been released. The Iowa Wage Survey data uses OES occupational wages and updates them to make wages more current for the State, MSA and balance of state areas. This update applies only to wage data and not to employment estimates. Occupational wage and employment information is also provided for the Iowa Workforce Development Regions.

To view the updated Iowa Wage Survey data visit the Iowa Wage Report page.

To view the Occupational Employment Statistics data visit the OES page.

Iowa's Unemployment Rate Drops to 18-Year Low

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 2.6 percent in July. The state’s jobless rate was 3.1 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate decreased to 3.9 percent in July.

First Quarter 2018 Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages Released

The first quarter 2018 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 2018.

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