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Employment and Occupational Information in Iowa



Snapshot of Employment in Iowa in 2010
1,438,510
Total Employment
6.10 %
Unemployment Rate
$37,730
Average Annual Salary
  • #2 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its male civilian population aged 16 and over that is in active employment.

  • #3 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its civilian population aged 16 and over that constitutes its labor force.

  • #4 amongst U.S. states ranked by lowest annual unemployment rate among men.

  • #4 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its civilian population aged 16 and over that is in active employment.

  • #2 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its male civilian population aged 16 and over that constitutes its labor force.

  • #5 amongst U.S. states ranked by lowest annual unemployment rate.

  • #6 amongst U.S. states ranked by lowest annual unemployment rate among women.

  • #6 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its female civilian population aged 16 and over that is in active employment.

  • #6 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its female civilian population aged 16 and over that constitutes its labor force.

  • #19 amongst U.S. states ranked by total employment growth from the previous year.

  • #30 amongst U.S. states ranked by total employment.

  • #32 amongst U.S. states ranked by average annual wages growth from the previous year.

  • #44 amongst U.S. states ranked by average annual wages.

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Total Employment for Iowa in 2010
Figure 1. Total Employment
Total Employment by Gender for Iowa in 2010
Figure 2. Employment by Gender
Employment Percent Change for Iowa in 2010 Figure 3. Employment Percent Change
Unemployment Rate for Iowa in 2010 Figure 4. Unemployment Rate
Percent of Civilian Population (16 and above) in Employment in Iowa in 2010 Figure 5. Percentage of Civilian Population in Employment


Iowa
United States
Total Employment
1,438,510
127,097,160
Total Employment Amount Change from 2009 to 2010
-32,620
-3,550,450
Total Employment Percent Change from 2009 to 2010
-0.02 %
-0.03 %
Percent of Women Employed
62.90 %
53.60 %
Percent of Men Employed
71.10 %
58.50 %
Unemployment Rate
6.10 %
9.60 %
Unemployment Rate Amongst Women
5.50 %
8.60 %
Unemployment Rate Amongst Men
6.60 %
10.50 %
Table 1. Employment Information for Iowa


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Salary Information for Iowa
Annual Salary Distribution for Iowa in 2010 Figure 6. Annual Salary Distribution
Hourly Wage Distribution for Iowa in 2010 Figure 7. Hourly Wage Distribution
Average Annual Salary for Iowa in 2010 Figure 8. Average Annual Salary
Average Hourly Wage for Iowa in 2010 Figure 9. Average Hourly Wage
Wage Increase Percent for Iowa in 2010 Figure 10. Average Annual Wage Percent Change


Iowa
United States
Average Annual Salary
$37,730
$44,410
Average Hourly Wage
$18.14
$21.35
Average Annual Salary Change from 2009 to 2010
0.02 %
0.02 %
Table 2. Salary Information for Iowa


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VIEW ALL IOWA OCCUPATIONS HERE
HIGHEST PAYING OCCUPATIONS
1. Management Occupations: $85,720
2. Legal Occupations: $70,570
3. Architecture and Engineering Occupations: $64,870
4. Computer and Mathematical Occupations: $63,550
5. Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations: $60,770
Table 3. Highest Paying Iowa Occupations

FASTEST GROWING SALARIES
1. Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations: 0.03 %
2. Education, Training, and Library Occupations: 0.03 %
3. Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations: 0.03 %
4. Legal Occupations: 0.03 %
5. Business and Financial Operations Occupations: 0.02 %
Table 4. Iowa Occupations with the Fastest Growing Salaries

POPULAR OCCUPATIONS
1. Office and Administrative Support Occupations: 15.76 %
2. Sales and Related Occupations: 10.81 %
3. Production Occupations: 10.12 %
4. Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations: 8.62 %
5. Transportation and Material Moving Occupations: 7.68 %
Table 5. Popular Iowa Occupations
(Percentage of Total Employment for the State)
FASTEST GROWING EMPLOYMENT
1. Protective Service Occupations: 0.04 %
2. Management Occupations: 0.03 %
3. Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations: 0.03 %
4. Business and Financial Operations Occupations: 0.02 %
5. Healthcare Support Occupations: 0.01 %
Table 6. Iowa Occupations with the Fastest Growing Employment


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Iowa Metro Areas Information


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HIGHEST PAYING METRO AREAS
1. Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA: $43,100
2. Iowa City, IA: $41,840
3. Ames, IA: $41,770
4. Cedar Rapids, IA: $41,110
5. Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA: $39,260
Table 7. Metro Areas with the Highest Salaries

METRO AREAS WITH FASTEST GROWING WAGES
1. Iowa City, IA: 0.04 %
2. Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA: 0.03 %
3. Ames, IA: 0.03 %
4. Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA: 0.02 %
5. Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA: 0.01 %
Table 8. Metro Areas with the Fastest Growing Salaries

POPULAR METRO AREAS
1. Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA: 317,470
2. Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA: 177,330
3. Cedar Rapids, IA: 135,810
4. Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA: 84,750
5. Iowa City, IA: 82,190
Table 9. Metro Areas with Highest Employment
FASTEST GROWING METRO AREAS
1. Dubuque, IA: 0.01 %
2. Cedar Rapids, IA: -0.01 %
3. Iowa City, IA: -0.01 %
4. Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA: -0.01 %
5. Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA: -0.02 %
Table 10. Metro Areas with the Fastest Growing Employment


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Iowa Business Statistics Information
LARGEST NUMER OF FIRMS
1. Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA : 12,192
2. Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA: 7,895
3. Cedar Rapids, IA : 5,666
4. Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA : 3,516
5. Iowa City, IA : 3,396
Table 11. Metro Areas with the Largest Number of Registered Firms (2008)
HIGHEST CONCENTRATION OF ESTABLISHMENTS
1. Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA : 1.24
2. Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA: 1.2
3. Cedar Rapids, IA : 1.18
4. Sioux City, IA: 1.17
5. Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA : 1.17
Table 12. Metro Areas with the Highest Number of Establishments Per Firm (2008)
HIGHEST EMPLOYMENT PER FIRM
1. Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA : 24.02
2. Cedar Rapids, IA : 21.63
3. Dubuque, IA : 21.02
4. Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA : 20.96
5. Sioux City, IA: 20.9
Table 13. Metro Areas with the Highest Number of Employees Per Firm (2008)
HIGHEST ANNUAL PAYROLL PER FIRM
1. Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA : $998,448
2. Cedar Rapids, IA : $846,805
3. Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA: $765,730
4. Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA : $723,292
5. Dubuque, IA : $694,702
Table 14. Metro Areas with the Highest Annual Payroll Per Firm (2008)


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LARGEST EMPLOYMENT
1. Manufacturing: 17.32%
2. Health care and social assistance: 15.24%
3. Retail trade: 13.69%
4. Accommodation and food services: 8.74%
5. Finance and insurance: 7.17%
Table 15. Local Industries with the Largest Employment (2008)
LARGEST NUMER OF FIRMS
1. Construction: 8,666
2. Other services (except public administration): 8,649
3. Retail trade: 8,345
4. Professional, scientific, and technical services: 5,847
5. Health care and social assistance: 5,603
Table 16. Local Industries with the Largest Number of Registered Firms (2008)
HIGHEST EMPLOYMENT PER FIRM
1. Manufacturing: 68.4
2. Educational services: 55.16
3. Management of companies and enterprises: 54.92
4. Information: 37.74
5. Health care and social assistance: 35.83
Table 17. Local Industries with the Highest Number of Employees Per Firm (2008)
HIGHEST ANNUAL PAYROLL PER FIRM
1. Management of companies and enterprises: $3,767,206
2. Manufacturing: $2,949,481
3. Information: $1,613,254
4. Finance and insurance: $1,411,672
5. Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction: $1,318,469
Table 18. Local Industries with the Highest Annual Payroll Per Firm (2008)


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Further Information on Employment and Occupations in Iowa


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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor and U.S. Census Bureau, Department of Commerce




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