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Looking for new job in 2019?

December 13, 2018
Estherville News

Just over one-quarter of Iowa employers said they plan to add additional workers over the first three months of 2019.

ManpowerGroup released a survey Wednesday indicating 12,500 businesses across the country took the survey.

In the state of Iowa, of all employers surveyed, 26 percent plan to hire additional employees from January through March. Six percent plan to reduce payrolls. Two-thirds responded by saying they plan to maintain current staffing levels over the first quarter of 2019. These results show an uptick from 2018 in which 21 percent of Iowa employers expected to add workers.

The hearty first quarter results come on the heels of a strong fourth quarter projection for 2018.

Over the year from January to October, 2018, the latest month for which the Iowa Dept. of Labor has released numbers, Employment began the year at a low of 1,580.200 in January and gained over 15,00 net nonfarm jobs to top out at 1,595,300 Iowans employed. This represents a 21,800 increase over the same time in 2017.

Iowa's unemployment rate has plummeted since the recession's height in 2010. Iowa, however is in the bottom 10 for average wages. The highest-paying jobs in Iowa are concentrated in the medical field: obstetricians and gynecologists, family and general practitioners, surgeons, psychiatrists, internists, nurse anesthetists, dentists and podiatrists, with corporate CEOs the highest non-medical profession. Getting into medical school appears to pay off, along with being the boss. Nice work if you can get it.

The most common jobs in Iowa are soil and plant scientists, salary $60,000; septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners, salary $31,000, grounds maintenance workers, salary $25,800, and farm equipment mechanics, salary $32,495.

Iowa's minimum wage has stayed with the national benchmark of $7.25 per hour for ten years, though some localities in Iowa are setting their own minimum wages to reflect the higher cost of living in their urban areas.

Our newsroom is happy to see the efforts of our economic development teams and other stakeholders to bring in new jobs.



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