U.S.-based employers announced plans to cut 45,314 workers from their payrolls in November, according to a monthly report from global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.
Iowa employers are feeling less optimistic than they were six months ago, according to a survey released Dec. 2.
The leaders of the state's largest businesses had a slightly improved economic outlook this month, according to an index from the Iowa Business Council. Most of that optimism was regarding hiring, which they expect to remain steady or grow.
U.S. labor costs rose marginally in the third quarter, pointing to tame wage inflation that should allow the Federal Reserve to maintain its bond-buying program to stimulate the economy, Reuters reported.
Sales of food produced in Polk and Dallas counties added nearly $340,070 to the local economy in 2012, according to the Des Moines Area Religious Council.