Unemployment in Iowa on the next Iowa Journal

Friday the Labor Department released the lastest unemployment numbers. The rate fell to 9.7%, down from 10% a month before. Here in Iowa, the number is at 6.6%. A year ago, that number was at 4.4%.

I’ve asked for input on the story and have received a lot of help on this project. Thanks for that. Here was last week’s status report.

We even had a blog post written by Jen Green and the Unemployed In Iowa blog.

I’m still working on the feature for Thursday’s show.

What will benefit you most from our program on unemployment?
Do you think the state is doing enough to help you?
Do you network?
Is that important in finding a job?
Have you started drinking more to deal with the emotional side of job loss?
What questions would you ask our panel?

Send your questions to paul.yeager@iptv.org and we’ll get them in front of our panel.

Here’s the official release from the Iowa Public Television PR shop.

Unemployment in Iowa

On the Thursday, February 11 edition

of The Iowa Journal

(Johnston, Iowa) –Thursday’s episode of The Iowa Journal will take a look at Iowa’s unemployment rate and what is being done to help those looking for work. This program airs Thursday, February 11 at 8 p.m. It will be rebroadcast Friday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. on statewide Iowa Public Television and Saturday, February 13 at 8:30 a.m. on IPTV World.  It will also be available online at iptv.org/iowajournal.

The program traveled to Fairfield to see how the lives of a family of six changed after a layoff. As Shawn Green looks for work, his wife, Jen has turned to internet blogging to help deal with the emotional side of job loss through a blog called “Unemployed In Iowa.”  The program will also look at a blog called “Unemployed In Des Moines” that helps people network and sharpen skills in their search for work.
Guests in the studio will be Mike Wilkinson, regional area coordinator for Iowa Works; Amanda Jones of Veridian Credit Union, who teaches classes on managing finances after layoffs and provides instruction on budgeting and conserving cash if the job loss extends for a long period of time; and Susan Schiltz-Day, is a counselor assisting people maintain their emotional health regarding a wide variety of issues including loss. Schiltz-Day works for both Des Moines University and Wadle & Associates.

For more information about The Iowa Journal, visit www.iptv.org/iowajournal or call (515) 242-3146. For information on how to watch IPTV WORLD in your area, visit Iptv.org.

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Iowa Public Television is Iowa’s statewide public broadcasting network. IPTV provides quality, noncommercial programming to make a difference in the lives of Iowans. As one of the last locally controlled media enterprises in the state, IPTV is committed to telling Iowa’s stories like no one else can. Our mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford. More than 1.4 million viewers a week turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak.

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2 thoughts on “Unemployment in Iowa on the next Iowa Journal

  1. Here’s one for TIJ tonight…

    Q: There is a strong feeling that the job/career market is a “buyer’s market” given the current conditions with respects to unemployment.

    Unemployeds are being given mixed messages on what exactly do employers want in a candidate. How do they (unemployeds) sift through the sand of information and know what employers are looking for in a potential new employee?

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