Economic Recovery in Iowa?

We are talking about the economy this week on the Iowa Journal.

We’ll be featuring the efforts of Carroll and then holding an in-studio discussion. A post about Carroll is in the works.

Her now, the official press release.

Economic Recovery in Iowa?
On the Thursday, May 13 edition
of The Iowa Journal

(Johnston, Iowa) –Thursday’s episode of The Iowa Journal will look at the state of Iowa’s business climate and job opportunities. This program airs Thursday, May 13 at 8 p.m. It will be rebroadcast Friday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. on statewide Iowa Public Television and Saturday, May 15 at 8:30 a.m. on IPTV WORLD. It will also be available online at

While key economic indicators show Iowa’s economy is gaining strength, job growth continues to lag. Although Iowa’s unemployment rate of 6.8 percent is well below the 9.9 percent national rate the number of Iowans unemployed rose to 114,600 statewide.

But not all of Iowa suffers as high a loss of jobs. The Iowa Journal visits the town of Carroll, where the unemployment rate has dropped to 5.1 percent – the second lowest in the state. The community has helped build a diverse range of industry through strategies including the Western Iowa Advantage partnership that utilizes the strengths of an eight county region. 

In the studio to discuss Iowa’s economic recovery are Joe Crookham, president and principal owner of Musco Lighting in Oskaloosa; Charles Sukup, president of Sukup Manufacturing Company in Sheffield and a former chair of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry; and Eric Lohmeier, co-founder and managing director of NCP, Inc. in Des Moines.

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

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