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Protecting and Improving Your Credit Score

By |2014-03-25T10:07:09-05:00March 25th, 2014|Categories: Jobs & Economy, Recent News|

Credit Scores are used by creditors to evaluate the credit worthiness of loan applicants. These scores are three digits that rise and fall based on payment history, repossessions, foreclosures, tax liens and bankruptcies. Attorney General Tom Miller offered advice on credit scores in the March 2014 Consumer Advisory issued through his office. The Attorney General advises [...]

Child Care Assistance Helps Grow the Middle Class

By |2014-03-21T15:07:15-05:00March 21st, 2014|Categories: 2014 Session Information, Featured, Jobs & Economy, Recent News|Tags: , , , , |

The Iowa Legislature is considering a plan this year to help working families continue to work while going to school and still receive assistance for child care.  The goal is to assist parents who need to gain new skills and land a job that pays better wages. Currently, parents who meet certain income guidelines must work [...]

Democrats Push to Raise Minimum Wage

By |2014-03-11T12:57:03-05:00March 11th, 2014|Categories: 2014 Session Information, Featured, Jobs & Economy, Recent News|Tags: , |

Two bills have been introduced in the Iowa Legislature to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 over a three year period. A recent Des Moines Register poll shows that 65 percent of Iowans favor an increase to working Iowans pay.  The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) estimates that 216,000 Iowans would be affected [...]

Republicans Work to Shut Down Iowa Wind Energy Industry

By |2014-02-18T11:34:15-05:00February 18th, 2014|Categories: 2014 Session Information, Environment, Jobs & Economy, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , |

Iowa House Republicans are working on two bills this week that will shut down Iowa’s growing wind energy industry, which currently employs thousands of Iowans. “Over the last decade, we’ve built Iowa’s wind energy industry from the ground up and become a world leader in renewable energy,” said Rep. David Dawson, D-Sioux City.  “The Clean Line [...]

Hall: Build Iowa’s Skilled Workforce

By |2013-09-06T11:44:02-05:00February 28th, 2013|Categories: 2013 Session Information, Education, Jobs & Economy, Recent News, Video|Tags: , , , , |

Rep. Chris Hall of Sioux City talks about building Iowa's skilled workforce through job training at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City. He supports a plan to expand worker training at Iowa's 15 community colleges.  

Iowa Unemployment Rate Drops Again

By |2012-10-19T09:48:29-05:00October 19th, 2012|Categories: Featured, Jobs & Economy, Recent News|Tags: , |

Iowa’s  unemployment rate dropped to 5.2 percent in September from 5.5 percent the previous month. In comparison the 2011 September rate was at 5.9 percent. Also the U.S. unemployment rate for September also decreased by three-tenths of a percentage point, falling to 7.8 percent from 8.1 percent in August. The number of unemployed Iowans decreased to [...]

Jobs Spotlight: UNI's Metal Casting Center

By |2012-09-25T15:09:24-05:00September 25th, 2012|Categories: Featured, Jobs & Economy, Recent News|Tags: , , |

The University of Iowa's Metal Casting Center is a recognized leader in foundry research, applied technology, and technical business assistance. The Metal Casting Center started partnering with Iowa based foundries in 1990 to connect university research and resources. They offer a combination of practical hands-on experience, modern well-equipped facilities, and cutting edge technology and concepts to [...]

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