Overall unemployment rate moved down to 2.0% with the biggest shift in Government, which gained 800 roles, based on the most recently available information published in November 2022.

Total employment in the Iowa City, IA market rose by 680 jobs in September and the unemployment rate decreased compared to the prior month by 50 bps to 2.0%. The national unemployment rate decreased by 47 bps over the same time to 3.3%.

  • Iowa City, IA unemployment rate is 132 bps below the national rate which is a positive sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 110 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in September versus prior month by 5.6% and are down compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Iowa City, IA Unemployment September 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs grew by 1.0% . Key sectors include:

  • Government: 40,600; +800
  • Transportation & Utilities: 16,000; no change
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 9,400; no change
  • Business Services: 6,600; -100
Iowa City, IA Unemployment by Industry September 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through September 2022 (Data published November 2022 and reports created on November 2, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.