Job Satisfaction in Iowa During the Pandemic is Up Over 2019
COVID-19 may bear the year '19' in its name, but almost none of us knew what it was until last year. The year the world changed... The year so many millions of Americans, many of them Iowans, lost their jobs. Even into 2021, we can say it's been a challenging year at work, despite that people are still very satisfied with their jobs. Maybe this doesn't surprise you since a lot of folks are probably just happy they had a job during the pandemic.
Overall, we like our jobs - even more than in 2019 before COVID
The website PR Newswire did a study on job satisfaction and learned that job satisfaction remains high. In fact, in 2020 it was up vs. 2019. That year, job satisfaction overall was 56.3%. That ticked up to 56.9% in 2020. Not a huge jump, but not a decline either. It wasn't across the board however. Those under 35 experienced an overall drop in job satisfaction. However, those 55 and older experienced an increase.
Iowa unemployment numbers up over 2019, and even 2020
In Iowa, the unemployment rate had fluctuated. In March of 2021, it was up over March 2020 which is not shock given that's when the pandemic took hold. In 2019, Iowa had the lowest unemployment is the U.S. often battling Hawaii for that distinction. Currently, Iowa is tied for 7th in the U.S. for lowest unemployment. In front are, Nebraska 2.9%, South Dakota 2.9%, Utah 2.9%, Vermont 2.9%, New Hampshire 3.0%, and Idaho 3.2%.