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

LMI News Archive

Iowa's Unemployment Rate Remains at 2.5 Percent

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 2.5 percent in August. The state’s jobless rate was 2.4 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate remained at 3.7 percent in August.

Iowa Lakes Corridor Laborshed Studies Completed

Ninth round of studies completed under new funding program. To date, this includes a total of  45 individual studies for communities across Iowa, and nine regional studies. All results are available on our website.

2019 Iowa's Workforce and the Economy Released

The 2019 Iowa’s Workforce and the Economy is now available. The annual publication provides an overview of Iowa’s economy, trends, and local economic conditions. This year we have included articles on: retail trade, demographics, industry projections, social capital, and workforce needs 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.

Laborshed Studies Completed in Mid Iowa Growth Partnership Region

This is the eighth round of studies to be completed under the new funding program. To date, a total of  41 studies have been completed for communities across Iowa under the new funding program. All results are available on our website.