DES MOINES, IOWA (January 27, 2022) — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds today awarded $1.4 million in grants to 38 Iowa employers and partner organizations who are launching projects to help Iowans achieve postsecondary training and education. Combined, the Employer Innovation Fund awards will boost workforce talent by helping 3,542 Iowans earn non-credit and for-credit credentials that will enable them to obtain or maintain high-demand jobs.

DES MOINES, IOWA (January 25, 2022) — Iowa’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.5 percent in December, down from 3.7 percent in November and 3.7 percent a year ago. The US unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent.

DES MOINES, IOWA (January 21, 2022) — A group of Iowa hospitality leaders today announced the formation of the Iowa Hotel and Lodging Association (IHLA). The new non-profit trade association was incorporated earlier this month, but officially launches January 20, 2022. The group is actively building membership and has started to engage in initiatives which fulfill its mission to protect, promote, educate, and advocate on behalf of the states 700+ hotels and lodging establish

DES MOINES, IOWA (January 12, 2022) — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds today awarded nearly $37 million in Child Care grants to projects that will create nearly 5,200 new child care slots across Iowa.

DES MOINES, IOWA (January 10, 2022) — Small-business owners across Iowa, along with NFIB, the state’s leading small-business organization, are urging state lawmakers to listen to small-business owners as they continue to recover from the pandemic. Today, January 10, is the first day of the 2022 legislative session.

DES MOINES, IOWA (January 7, 2021) — Small-business owners continue to struggle to increase their workforce, with 25% of owners saying labor-quality was their top business problem in December, according to 

NORTH LIBERTY, IOWA (January 7, 2022) — The Corridor Business Journal (CBJ) announces its 2022 Economic Forecast Luncheon, to be held Jan. 26 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Cedar Rapids.

DES MOINES, IOWA (January 6, 2022) — The Iowa Business Council (IBC) has released its fourth-quarter Economic Outlook Survey for 2021. The report measures member-expectations for sales, capital spending, and employment for the next six months. If the index measures above fifty, sentiment is positive. The fourth-quarter survey's overall economic outlook index is 68.86.

DES MOINES, IOWA (December 17, 2021) — Iowa’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent in November, down from 3.9 percent in October and 3.9 percent one year ago. The US unemployment rate dropped to 4.2 percent.

DES MOINES, IOWA (December 16, 2021) — The Iowa Business Council (IBC) has identified its 2022 legislative agenda. During the organization’s final meeting of the year, IBC members voted to focus on issues such as competitive tax policy, workforce development, child care and housing.

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