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Des Moines Register Editorial: Iowa Economy in Good Shape

In a recent editorial,  the Des Moines Register noted Iowa’s sound economic state.  Signs are pointing to a stronger Iowa economy. Iowa added 15,400 jobs in the first three months of the year and a Manpower survey said Iowa had the third best employment outlook in the country.  Iowa’s leading index of economic indicators continues to rise steadily and our unemployment rate is ninth lowest in the country.  Iowa is also in the top ten as one of CNBC’s “Top States for Doing Business.”

Even though Iowa is fairing better than the rest of the nation, many middle class families and Iowans are still struggling to find a good-paying jobs and make ends meet.  We will continue  build on the unique strengths of Iowa to grow our economy and create jobs, keep the state budget balanced, and help middle class families.

From the Des Moines Register:

“All three major Wall Street bond-rating agencies gave Iowa top credit ratings – a reflection of the state’s fiscal management and credit-worthiness. A November of 2009 report by the Pew Center for the States listed Iowa’s fiscal policies as among the strongest in the nation.

The state’s economy is in better shape than other states, according to experts who aren’t focused exclusively on the November elections. Iowa’s unemployment rate is 6.8 percent. Compare that with a national unemployment rate that is nearly three points higher.”

To read the full article by the Des Moines Register visit: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20100912/OPINION03/9120316/1035/archive/Politicians-should-put-economy-in-perspective.

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