While Iowa has low unemployment, too many Iowans aren’t making enough to keep up with the rising costs of health care, food, and housing. Iowa also faces a significant skilled worker shortage that threatens the future growth of our economy. By 2025, 68% of jobs in Iowa will require some training or education beyond high school but currently only 58% of our workforce has those skills.
We can solve this problem if we work together this session. We should target more state resources to help small businesses thrive and grow in every corner of Iowa. We should encourage more Iowans to work in high demand jobs. We can also do more to support parents who need to leave from their job when adopting a child.
Building a Skilled Workforce
- By 2025, 68% of jobs in Iowa will require some training or education beyond high school but currently only 58% of our workforce has those skills.
- Today, 55% of jobs in Iowa are middle skill jobs, which require more than a high school diploma but not a four-year degree, but only 38% of Iowa’s workforce has this skill set.
- Iowa has 800 registered apprenticeship programs training more than 11,000 apprentices in training programs for careers in fields like construction, health care, and information technology.
- Small businesses (classified as businesses of less than 500 employees) represent 99% of all employers and employ 48.3% of Iowa’s private sector work force.
- Iowa has 267,733 small businesses overall
- Iowa has 15 regional Small Business Development Centers to help entrepreneurs and existing businesses.
Paid Leave for Iowa Workers
- Only 60% of workers are covered by the Family Medical Leave Act.
- Iowans who adopt a child do not have the same access to paid leave as other families.
- Research shows wages increase for employees who have access to paid leave.