unemployment

Tri-state GOP governors give rosy outlook on economic recovery

BY: - July 12, 2021

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds joined the governors of South Dakota and Nebraska to discuss their states’ economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The three governors, all Republicans, touted their handling of the pandemic as a primary reason their economies have rebounded quickly. “We entered into the pandemic in a really strong position because of conservative […]

Iowa economists: Workforce participation rate still low as U.S. adds 850,000 jobs

BY: - July 2, 2021

The U.S. economy added 850,000 jobs in June, the Department of Labor announced Friday, representing a more significant growth than many economists had anticipated. But two Iowa economists noted that the workforce participation rate nationally and in the state had stalled. Drake University Economics Professor Bill Boal on Friday pointed toward the national unemployment rate […]

U.S. Secretary of Labor says cutting unemployment aid won’t fix worker shortages

BY: - June 18, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds’ decision to end federal unemployment benefits early won’t solve Iowa’s worker shortages, U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh said Friday during a visit to Des Moines. Reynolds announced in May that Iowa would stop participating in federal unemployment benefits in an effort to encourage people to return to the workplace. The federal […]

COMMENTARY

Pandemic misery index reveals far-reaching impact of COVID-19 on American lives, especially on Blacks and Latinos

BY: - June 6, 2021

With more than 30 million people infected and 550,000 dead, the U.S. is among the nations hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. From job loss to housing insecurity to mental distress, the social, psychological and economic hardships brought on by the pandemic are extensive and likely to outlast the pandemic itself. To better understand the […]

Laid-off Flexsteel workers add to their claims of self-dealing by company executives

BY: - June 2, 2021

A group of former Flexsteel employees who are suing the Iowa-based company for allegedly enriching top executives at the direct expense of laid-off workers have added to their complaint in federal court. The original complaint that forms the basis of the lawsuit was filed in early March in U.S. District Court for the Northern District […]

COMMENTARY

Cutting unemployment benefits won’t solve Iowa’s worker shortage

BY: - May 17, 2021

I’ve worked almost my entire life, from collecting dimes as a small child for household chores like making my bed, to babysitting as a junior high student and summer farm work for my grandparents before I was old enough to get a “real job.” Sometimes, there were things I’d rather be doing. In high school, […]

Reynolds urges Iowans to ‘lean further into normal,’ return to work

BY: - May 12, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds encouraged Iowans to “lean further into normal” after a year of COVID-19 closures, restrictions and precautions.  “There’s no reason for us to continue to fear COVID-19 any longer,” Reynolds said. “We know how to manage it. Individuals can be trusted to make decisions that will keep us on a path forward.” At […]

Extra unemployment benefits will end in June, Reynolds orders

BY: - May 11, 2021

Unemployed Iowans will lose their extra $300 per week benefit and other federal pandemic unemployment assistance in June, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Tuesday. “Federal pandemic-related unemployment benefit programs initially provided displaced Iowans with crucial assistance when the pandemic began,” Reynolds said in a press release. “But now that our businesses and schools have reopened, these […]

ISU center director: Businesses must widen recruiting as Iowa’s growth lags

BY: - April 25, 2021

Iowa businesses need to recruit diverse groups of Iowans because the state is unlikely to reverse more than a century of weak population growth, the director of an Iowa State University center said Friday.  Ronald Cox of ISU’s Center for Industrial Research and Service said that means working to hire immigrants, people with disabilities, retirees, […]

Judge rules against Iowa bar accused of ‘staging’ virus-mitigation measures

BY: - April 13, 2021

A manager who resigned from an Iowa tavern that allegedly “staged” an array of COVID-19 mitigation measures for the benefit of state regulators is entitled to collect unemployment benefits, a judge has ruled. State records indicate that when the COVID-19 pandemic struck last spring, the After Hour Shop, a bar and grill in Truesdale, seven […]

COMMENTARY

Iowa has more at stake than new road signs

BY: - March 11, 2021

Tucked away among hundreds of bills being considered this year by the Iowa Legislature is one people might have quickly embraced in a different era. But times have changed. It has been 38 years since Robert Ray left the governor’s office. State government today is far messier than it was back then. Compounding the reaction […]

Senate passes coronavirus relief aid; bill now returns to the House

BY: - March 6, 2021

The U.S. Senate passed President Joe Biden’s nearly $2 trillion stimulus plan Saturday afternoon after wrangling over an amendment to trim unemployment benefits derailed the bill’s passage for nearly an entire day. The Senate version, which does not include a federal minimum wage hike and puts limits on the funding for state and local governments, […]