• Project Labor Agreements

    In 2017, the legislature codified an existing executive order that prohibits government-mandated PLAs on public and publicly assisted construction projects. The state now has PLA neutrality by law.

  • Prevailing Wage


  • Right to Work


  • Public-Private Partnerships

    No statute authorizes or prohibits P3s on public projects.

  • Workforce Development Incentives

    Current labor supply satisfies 65% of peak labor demand.

    State offered $30,159,654 in grants and incentives for workforce preparation and development in 2023.

  • Career and Technical Education

    78% of CTE high school graduates are places in colleges or careers.

    Iowa recognizes NCCER as an approved curriculum for CTE programs.

  • Job Growth Rate


Monthly Unemployment Rate in Iowa

Please see ABC's state-by-state construction unemployment data here.

Industry Overview

Prompt Pay

Private: No policy in place.
Public: Owner to prime, 14 days (progress payments); or 40 days (final payments).
Subs: Prime is to pay sub within 7 days after the contractor receives payment for subs work or a reasonable time after the contractor could have received payment for the subcontractor’s work, if the reason for nonpayment is not the subcontractor’s fault. No law in place for subs to lower tiers.

Immigration/E-Verify Mandate

No law in place.

Percentage of State GDP From Nonresidential Construction


Incidence Rate


Occupational Safety & Health Oversight (State vs. Federal)

State plan covers private workplaces and state and local government workplaces.

Percentage of Union Membership in Private Construction


Marijuana Legalization Status

Legalized for medicinal use.

Business Facts

Minimum Wage


Percentage of Pensions Funded


Effective Real-Estate Tax Rate


Corporate Income Tax Rate(s)


State and Local Public Construction Expenditures (in millions)