Iowa Employment Statistics

  • 102,929 employers
  • 1,549,881 employees
  • $914 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 17.0% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 8.2% below the national average

For complete coverage and the latest employment statistics as compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, see: Iowa Employment Statistics

State Business & Employment Since 2009

  • 8,629 more businesses
  • 104,254 more employees
  • 7.2% increase in total wages
  • $10,350 increase in annual wages per employee
  • 27.9% increase in wages per employee

For our analysis of key data changes for business and employment data since the end of the recession in 2009, see: Iowa Employment Growth Since the Recession

Business & Employment by County

County with the Most Businesses: Polk County Iowa, 16,744
County with the Most Employees: Polk County Iowa, 262,731
County with Highest Average Hourly Wage: Polk County Iowa, $1,069
County with Highest Unemployment Rate: Marshall County Iowa, 5.9%

For a breakout of business and employment data by county for the state of Iowa, see: Iowa Employment Statistics by County


For a breakout of occupations across the state of Iowa see:Iowa Occupational Statistics

Monthly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 1,680,527 employed workers
  • 42,777 unemployed workers
  • 2.5% unemployment rate

Monthly employment, unemployment and wage data for the state of Iowa, see: Iowa Monthly Employment Data

Quarterly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 103,565 employers, up 1.2% from 102,367
  • 1,524,307 employees, up 0.3% from 1,519,243
  • $942 average weekly wage, up 2.3% from $921
  • The average weekly wage is 20.4% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 8.2% below the national average

Quarterly employment statistics for Iowa, see: Iowa Quarterly Employment Data

Data Sources

About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.