Durham Says State Needs More Workers To Meet Employment Goal


By Richard Pratt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's economic development director says it will be hard to meet Gov. Terry Branstad's goal of 200,000 new jobs unless the state gains more workers.

The Des Moines Register reports that economic development director Debi Durham noted the state can't meet the 200,000 goal simply by putting unemployed people to work. Iowa's unemployment rolls now stand at about 76,500 workers.

Durham says, "We'll have to grow Iowa's population to get there."

She made her comments at time when the state has regained the number of jobs lost during the recession.

Iowa State University economist Peter Orazem says Iowa is seeing stronger job growth than in the 1990s, but he's skeptical the state can reach Branstad's goal. He says jobs creation comes first and will lead to population growth.

Conversation Guidelines

Be Kind

Don't use abusive, offensive, threatening, racist, vulgar or sexually-oriented language.
Don't attack someone personally. Keep it civil and be responsible.

Share Knowledge

Be truthful. Share what you know and what you are passionate about.
What more do you want to learn? Keep it simple.

Stay focused

Promote lively and healthy debate. Stay on topic. Ask questions and give feedback on the story's topic.

Report Trouble

Help us maintain a quality comment section by reporting comments that are offensive. If you see a comment that is offensive, or you feel violates our guidelines, simply click on the "x" to the far right of the comment to report it.

read the full guidelines here »

Commenting will be disabled on stories dealing with the following subject matter: Crime, sexual abuse, property fires, automobile accidents, Amber Alerts, Operation Quickfinds and suicides.

facebook twitter rss mobile google plus
email alerts you tube hooplanow pinterest instagram

What's On KCRG