• 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

    Industrial New Jobs Training Program – Provides businesses, which are expanding their Iowa workforce, with new employee training. Administered by Iowa’s 15 community colleges, the program is financed through bonds sold by the colleges. Depending on wages paid, the business then diverts 1.5 or 3 percent of the Iowa state withholding taxes generated by the new positions to the community college to retire the bonds. Because of this structure, the training is available at what is essentially no cost since the bonds are retired with dollars that otherwise would have been paid to the state as withholding taxes. Businesses participating in the Iowa Industrial New Jobs Training Program may also be eligible for reimbursement up to 50 percent of the annual gross payroll costs expended for on-the-job training, as well as a corporate tax credit if Iowa employment is increased by at least 10 percent.

    Iowa Jobs Training Program – provides job training services to current employees of eligible businesses that are located in Iowa. Eligible businesses can work with their local Iowa community college, which will assess training needs, determine funds availability and provide training. For participating businesses, the advantages include valuable employee training at a reduced – or no – cost.

    Iowa Apprenticeship Program – available to increase the number of registered apprentices in Iowa by providing training grants to eligible apprenticeship programs. The program is administered by Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) in coordination with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Office of Apprenticeship (OA). Only apprenticeship programs that meet DOL/OA specific requirements and standards are eligible for training grants. A sponsor or lead sponsor (a trade organization, labor organization, employee organization, etc.) may apply for an IEDA training grant. Awarded funds may only be used towards the cost of conducting and maintaining an apprenticeship training program.

    *Associations and unions can access state funding.

  • Career and Technical Education

    97% 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

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

Fully illegal.

Business Facts

Minimum Wage


Percentage of Pensions Funded


Effective Real-Estate Tax Rate


Corporate Income Tax Rate(s)

6% - 12%

State and Local Public Construction Expenditures (in millions)