CIRAS Digest: Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

  • In case you missed it, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad was released from the hospital this morning after an overnight stay related to something the Des Moines Register describes as flu and most media, including KCCI-TV in Des Moines, keep referring to as “a viral illness.”
  • Iowa gained 16,400 jobs in 2014, although the state lost 2,600 manufacturing jobs during that period. According to numbers released today and detailed in The Des Moines Register, unemployment was 4.1 percent in December, but unemployment ticked up in the metro areas.
  • The Register and The Des Moines Business Record also quote Larry Zimpleman, outgoing chair of the Iowa Business Council, as saying essentially that the state’s in trouble if it can’t find a way to overcome lagging population growth. The council released its annual economic report Monday, and pronounced that Iowa’s population and diversity changes “are not advancing fast enough to address the needs of a growth-oriented economy.” Check here to read the Annual Iowa Competitive Index.
  • And for what it’s worth, Sioux City’s original Burger King, shut down earlier this month, replaced by one inside a Pilot Travel Center. The Sioux City Journal quotes the franchisee as saying the first one opened in 1975.

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