CIRAS DIGEST: Tuesday, October 6, 2015

  • There was a flurry of articles around the country about Manufacturing Day over the weekend. If you’re interested, you can read about approaches taken in Hawaii, Florida, and elsewhere.
  • On Monday, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad announced his goal “of having 70 percent of Iowans in the work force to have education or training beyond high school by 2025,” according to the Sioux City Journal.
  • This comes after the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, working on behalf of the Iowa Department of Education, issued a report saying that 68 percent of Iowa jobs will require those kinds of skills by 2025.
  • And rolling with that positive vibe, we have a column in Forbes insisting that “We Don’t need to Save American Manufacturing, It’s Never Been Healthier.” The article focuses on productivity and the fact that “we’re getting five times the output with fewer people having to do the heavy lifting.”
  • Meanwhile, Iowa farmers face losses in the wake of a bumper harvest out there. This, according to The Des Moines Register.
  • And the Des Moines Business Record is asking whether contraction looms for the Iowa Economy.
  • One possible positive, according to Iowa Farmer Today – a new contract to have China purchase $5.3 billion of Iowa soybeans.
  • We’re not sure what this means, but a new study reported in the Desert News says Utah workers in manufacturing and construction trades drink and smoke more than workers in other industries.
  • Beer, however, is not even mentioned in a Wall Street Journal article noting that “German Manufacturing Stutters as Concerns Over Europe’s Biggest Economy Grow.

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