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Finding Occupational Employment Outlook and Wage Data

Iowa Wage Surveys 
Provides job seekers with occupational wage and employment estimates developed from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey of Iowa employers. The data is for Iowa, IWD regions, counties,metropolitan statistical areas, balance of state, and industries are updated annually. Wage information includes hourly entry-level, mean, median and experienced levels. For additional information: (515) 281-5113.

Occupation Projections 
Gives job seekers occupational projections indicating the need for workers and detailing the number of job openings due to new jobs, replacement of current workers and total annual openings. These projections are developed for the state and IWD regions. For additional information: (515) 281-3439

Iowa Licensed Occupations 
Iowa Licensed Occupations is designed to provide job seekers with information concerning occupations in Iowa that require a license, certification, or commission issued at the state level. For additional information: (515) 281-5862.

Iowa Hot Jobs
Provides useful statewide or regional information on occupations over a ten-year time period. Information includes high demand (high growth)occupations which have high wages employment estimates, and education/training levels and skills. This is widely used by job seekers and career counselors to aid career selection and by businesses to determine growth. This publication is produced biennially. For additional information: (515) 281-3439

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Nonfarm Employment and Earnings (Current Employment Statistics) 
A monthly news release that details average weekly earnings, average weekly hours and average hourly earnings for production workers. For additional information: (515) 242-6289 or (800) 532-9793 (from Iowa)

Iowa's Workforce and the Economy
The annual report provides information on the important trends in Iowa's economy and other relevant articles on our state. Produced annually – statewide. For additional information: (515) 281-8182

Current Iowa Employment Situation
A monthly news release that contains the latest statistics on the labor force, the level of unemployed, the unemployment rate, and total employment, and data on unemployment insurance claims. Analyst commentary is provided on the unemployment rate and on nonfarm employment. Tables include state, MSA, and county unemployment rates for the reference month compared to rates for the previous month and a year ago. For additional information: (515) 281-8182

Iowa Trends
This Web site gives key indicators of economic health and trends in the state. Key economic indicators include housing sales, motor vehicle sales, income, business patterns, gross state product, exports, farmland values, poverty rates, building permits, local property values, and a host of economic information that can assist in making informed decisions. Historical and projected data can be downloaded as well. For additional information: E-mail:

Iowa Workforce Information Network (IWIN) 
The Home Page for Iowa Labor Market Information providing informative data on: labor force, population; industry projections; covered employment; the average weekly wage; occupational projections; cost of living and more. Information is provided for various geographic areas, selected by the viewer, and is updated as it becomes available. For additional information: (515) 281-6981

Iowa WorkNet
Gives job seekers an analysis of current economic conditions in Iowa, featuring a topic of interest such as an explanation of the Consumer Price Index or highlights of specific industries. It contains tables of labor force data, average wages and hours, and data about unemployment insurance claimants. This is produced quarterly. For additional information: (515) 281-8182 

Labor Force Summary Tables
The most widely used economic measures of the economy. They quantify the labor force, employment, unemployment, and unemployment rate for the state, combined statistical areas, metropolitan areas, counties and cities with a population of 25,000 or larger. Also included is employment within major industry groups. Information is updated monthly. For additional information: (515) 281-8182

Iowa Workforce Development’s Regional Web Sites
Our regional workforce development partnerships throughout Iowa are ready to meet your workforce and workplace needs. Visit the Web site for your multi-county area to discover services and jobs available to you. 

Regional Profiles
Regional profiles will give you the latest information about jobs and workers in your multi-county labor area.

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