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Iowa fell behind most states in job growth after Great Recession, new paper asserts


Des Moines Register: Iowa industries recovered from the Great Recession at a rate less than half that of the national average, according to a new Iowa State University paper. From 2007 to 2018, the state added about 92,000 jobs. But economist Dave Swenson said Iowa would have added many more jobs if industries here grew at the same rate that they did in the rest of the country. Iowa also would have added more jobs if its mix of businesses were closer to the national average. “We’re simply losing ground,” he said. “Our competitiveness is waning.”

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