Workforce in Iowa

The combination of highly skilled workers, a strong agricultural heritage and an unbeatable work ethic makes Iowa’s workforce second to none for ag and bioscience employers of all sizes. In addition, a commitment to education and supporting businesses with essential resources position the state well to lead the way with a trained workforce for the future.

At 68.1%, Iowa’s labor force participation rate is the 6th highest in the country, and the average Iowa worker stays with an employer for 12 years, or three times the national average.

Growing talent for the future

Iowa has ramped up efforts to build the workforce of the future, starting with STEM education in public schools to educating the next generation of engineers, analysts and scientists at our research-focused universities and providing more apprenticeship programs than any other state.