1. Equity Profile
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  3. Unemployment by Educational Attainment

Unemployment by Educational Attainment

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that in Dubuque, those without a high school diploma have a significantly higher unemployment rate (8%) than those you have completed high school and further. Unemployment rate was lowest in the city and the state for those who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.

FROM THE SURVEY:

  • 33.5% indicated that career advancement was the most important factor for economic wellbeing, with equitable pay being second at 26.9%.
  • One consistent theme from the survey was that respondents felt that there were not enough quality jobs in Dubuque. 45.63% of respondents do not believe there are enough quality jobs compared to 36.34% who believe there are enough quality jobs.
  • Survey respondents at all levels of education indicated an awareness of where to find job assistance.

FROM THE DIALOGUES:

  • The skills gap was a topic of discussion during the dialogues. Individuals with advanced levels of education, either a masters degree or beyond, felt it was difficult to get a quality job without being over qualified. There is not a lack of job openings, but the jobs available are low-skill, low-pay jobs.
Economic Wellbeing
Economic wellbeing encompasses areas including workforce demographics, poverty rates, unemployment rates and more. This information will provide insights to the changing demographics of Dubuque's workforce. Read more about the Community Equity Profile and our process → Download a pdf of Economic Wellbeing (Equity Profile introduction and Dubuque's demographics will be included) →

Economic Wellbeing

  • Poverty Rate by Age/Gender

      FROM THE SURVEY: Survey respondents expressed concern about low and stagnant wages in Dubuque. In relation to this, survey respondents commented on rising taxes, inflation and the cost of living in regards to earning a low wage. FROM THE DIALOGUES: Many dialogue participants felt that the only jobs available in Dubuque are minimum wage […]

  • Minority-Owned Businesses

    The data for minority-owned businesses in Dubuque is largely outdated and does not provide much insight into the business landscape in Dubuque. Because this data is not tracked efficiently, much of it is not available or suppressed due to small numbers being reported. The data included here is what is currently available and during this process […]

  • Income

    According to the U.S. Census, the median household income for the City of Dubuque is $44,599, which is over $7,000 less than the median income for the state of Iowa. Data from the U.S. Census also shows a disparity of $9,058 in median income between men and women in Dubuque. It’s important, however, to look at the […]

  • Poverty Rate by Race/Ethnicity

    Blacks, Latinos and those who identified as two or more races show the highest poverty rate for the City of Dubuque (at less than 100% of the poverty level). These numbers both come in higher than the state of Iowa, where 36.8% of Blacks and 26% of Latinos are at less than 100% of the poverty […]

  • Unemployment by Race

    The Black population, as Dubuque’s largest minority group, makes up 5% of the city’s population. Black people also rank among the top in unemployment rates with 16.9% in 2010. Latinos, the second largest minority group in Dubuque making up 2.4% of the population, also show high numbers in the unemployment category at 10.5%. Minority groups in […]

  • Workforce Composition Rate

    The workforce composition of Dubuque, similar to the population as a whole, has seen an increase in racial diversity with Latinos experiencing the highest growth rate. In 2000, Latinos comprised 0.5% of the workforce, compared to 1.8% in 2010. The second highest growth rate was the Black population, which grew from 0.4% to 0.8%. FROM THE […]

  • Unemployment by Educational Attainment

    Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that in Dubuque, those without a high school diploma have a significantly higher unemployment rate (8%) than those you have completed high school and further. Unemployment rate was lowest in the city and the state for those who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher. FROM THE SURVEY: […]