Iowa, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City areas record more job losses than gains

A look at changes since recession began

March 31, 2014 | 6:51 pm

The national recession began in December 2007 and has affected Iowa much less than the country as a whole. Here’s a look at which job sectors have shrunk, which grew and which held steady between November 2007 and March 2012:

CEDAR RAPIDS METRO AREA

(Linn, Benton, Jones counties)

Shrunk

Grew

Steady

IOWA CITY METRO AREA

(Johnson, Washington counties)

Shrunk

Steady

IOWA

Shrunk

Grew

Steady

ANALYSIS

“We’re recovering, but we’re doing it slowly. It’s two more jobs gained, but we lose one. We’re recovering, but it’s not as fast as you’d like to.”

— David Osterberg, director, Iowa policy Project, Iowa City:

“We’re really bucking the national trend in some of these sectors like finance and transportation, and that bodes well for our recovery.”

— Iowa State University Professor of Labor Economics Peter Orazem:

Source: Iowa Workforce Development

Note: Categories for Cedar Rapids and Iowa City metropolitan statistical areas differ because sample sizes differ; numbers are not seasonally adjusted

 

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