economy http://iowapublicradio.org en State Senator Calls for Federal Investigation Into Iowa Workforce Development http://iowapublicradio.org/post/state-senator-calls-federal-investigation-iowa-workforce-development <p></p><p>A<span style="line-height: 1.5;">fter speaking with at least half of the administrative law judges who rule cases for unemployment disputes, State Senator Bill </span>Dotzler<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (D-Waterloo) says he’s gathered evidence that the head of Iowa Workforce Development has pressured judges to rule against employees hoping to receive unemployment insurance benefits. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:52:42 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 37834 at http://iowapublicradio.org State Senator Calls for Federal Investigation Into Iowa Workforce Development Putting Global Income Inequality into Context http://iowapublicradio.org/post/putting-global-income-inequality-context <p>How does where someone is born affect how much money they'll earn over a lifetime? What does income inequality indicate about a country's society and basic economic health?</p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/BrankoMilan">Branko Milanovic</a> tackles these questions as a lead economist in the <a href="http://econ.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/EXTDEC/0,,menuPK:476823~pagePK:64165236~piPK:64165141~theSitePK:469372,00.html">World Bank's research department</a>, where he works on the topics of income inequality and globalization.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:02:30 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Katherine Perkins & Sarah Boden 37173 at http://iowapublicradio.org Putting Global Income Inequality into Context Falling Out of the Middle Class http://iowapublicradio.org/post/falling-out-middle-class <p><span dir="ltr" id=":u0">In <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/01/29/president-obamas-2014-state-union-address">last month’s State of the Union address</a>, President Obama said this year he hoped to strengthen and build ladders of opportunity into the middle class. Host Ben Kieffer talks with University of Iowa <span dir="ltr"><span dir="ltr"><span dir="ltr" id=":u0">sociologist <a href="http://clas.uiowa.edu/sociology/people/kevin-t-leicht">Kevin Leicht </a>and John Gallo of the <span class="st"><a href="http://tippie.uiowa.edu/">Henry B. Tippie College of Business</a>. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:00:12 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 36232 at http://iowapublicradio.org Falling Out of the Middle Class Teen Drivers, 51%, Ice on a River, Ice Over Fish http://iowapublicradio.org/post/teen-drivers-51-ice-river-ice-over-fish <p>For this News Buzz show, Ben Kieffer talks with a variety of guests about new jobs numbers, the 51% four-year graduation rate at the University of Iowa, Matt Schultz running for congress, the Director of Iowa's Public Health Department resigning, new rules for teen drivers, concerns about ice on the Missouri River, an ice fishing update, and the remarkable beginning for ISU Cyclone men's and women's basketball.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 34694 at http://iowapublicradio.org Teen Drivers, 51%, Ice on a River, Ice Over Fish Robert Reich: Income Disparity http://iowapublicradio.org/post/robert-reich-income-disparity <p>Former Labor Secretary&nbsp;Robert Reich joins host Ben Kieffer to talk about the film "Inequality for All," in which Reich&nbsp;outlines what he sees as an economic and social problem due to a growing disparity in Americans' incomes. In the second half of the show, hear some analysis of the issue and get an Iowa perspective.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 20:03:21 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 32358 at http://iowapublicradio.org Robert Reich: Income Disparity Farmers carry mixed feelings over wind energy transmission line http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farmers-carry-mixed-feelings-over-wind-energy-transmission-line-0 <p>One of the companies banking on Iowa’s wind energy industry is Clean Line Energy Partners, a Houston-based operation with plans to build <a href="http://www.cleanlineenergy.com/projects">five large-scale high voltage transmission</a> lines in the country. As Iowa Public Radio’s&nbsp;Durrie&nbsp;Bouscaren&nbsp;reports, one of those lines would traverse Iowa, and it starts in the northwest corner of the state.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 10:01:00 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 30848 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farmers carry mixed feelings over wind energy transmission line Men Hold Two-Thirds of Management Jobs in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/men-hold-two-thirds-management-jobs-iowa <p></p><p>There are far more men than women in top management jobs in Iowa, according to a new report.<br /><br />The <a href="http://www.americanprogressaction.org/">Center for American Progress Action Fund</a>, a liberal advocacy group, has released a <a href="http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/women/report/2013/09/25/74836/the-state-of-women-in-america/">&quot;State of Women in America&quot;</a> report. It found men hold 67 percent of managerial jobs in Iowa as top administrators in the public and private sectors.</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:44:44 +0000 IPR Staff 29673 at http://iowapublicradio.org Men Hold Two-Thirds of Management Jobs in Iowa Getting Your Foot In The Door http://iowapublicradio.org/post/getting-your-foot-door <p>The national unemployment rate is 7.6% and in Iowa the rate is at 4.6 %. Recent college graduates and seasoned workers alike are working hard to make a living wage. Host Ben Kieffer looks at how Iowans are getting their foot in the door via internships and working as temporary employees.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 19:21:46 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 23896 at http://iowapublicradio.org Getting Your Foot In The Door Tech Companies Choosing Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tech-companies-choosing-iowa <p></p><div>This week, the social networking site Facebook announced plans to build a $1.5 billion data center in Altoona, IA. &nbsp;On the same day, Google announced a $400 million expansion to its data facility in Council Bluffs.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Iowa has a growing tech industry. &nbsp;What makes Iowa an attractive place for companies like Google and Facebook? &nbsp;Also, hear about our homegrown technology companies like INVOLTA.</div><div></div><p></p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 18:16:25 +0000 Ben Kieffer 19836 at http://iowapublicradio.org Tech Companies Choosing Iowa Are You Smarter than a "Smart Meter"? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/are-you-smarter-smart-meter <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Iowa City is testing new parking meters for their downtown shopping district, known as smart meters. They take credit cards and allow parkers to pay with their phones, and are slowly popping up in communities throughout Iowa.</p><p>But the hard part is often teaching people how to use them.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 11:09:11 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 19690 at http://iowapublicradio.org Are You Smarter than a "Smart Meter"? Jobs Bill Advances at Statehouse http://iowapublicradio.org/post/jobs-bill-advances-statehouse <p>It looks like smooth sailing for a bill at the statehouse to let Iowa’s&nbsp; job creation experts hand out more tax credits to potential employers.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Officials say the current cap on credits isn’t enough to meet the demand, as more companies are looking to expand.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But not everyone agrees with&nbsp; a plan to make sure the employers&nbsp; come through with the jobs they promise.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 11:11:52 +0000 Joyce Russell 18448 at http://iowapublicradio.org Jobs Bill Advances at Statehouse Rural Post Offices in Crisis http://iowapublicradio.org/post/rural-post-offices-crisis <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>It’s mid-morning on a bleak March day in Nilwood, Ill. And every 10 minutes or so, a car or truck pulls into the gravel parking lot in front of the south-central Illinois town’s post office. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Rush hour.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:28:05 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 18196 at http://iowapublicradio.org Rural Post Offices in Crisis Ralph Nader and "The Seventeen Solutions" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ralph-nader-and-seventeen-solutions <p><em>The Atlantic</em> named Ralph Nader one of the 100 most influential figures in American history. A political activist and five-time presidential candidate, Nader talks with host Ben Kieffer about his new book "<a href="http://www.harpercollins.com/browseinside/index.aspx?isbn13=9780062083531" target="_blank">The Seventeen Solutions: Bold </a><a href="http://www.harpercollins.com/browseinside/index.aspx?isbn13=9780062083531" target="_blank">Ideas for Our American Future</a>."</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 18:18:27 +0000 Ben Kieffer 9562 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ralph Nader and "The Seventeen Solutions" Most Campaign Spending Doesn't Trickle Down to Small Businesses http://iowapublicradio.org/post/most-campaign-spending-doesnt-trickle-down-small-businesses <p>Living in a swing state means never-ending TV ads, lots of attention from the candidates, and dozens of campaign offices spread all over your state.&nbsp;</p><p>But all that spending isn’t exactly trickling down to small businesses in local communities.</p><p>Instead, most of the spending goes to TV ads.</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 11:58:58 +0000 Sarah McCammon 9439 at http://iowapublicradio.org Most Campaign Spending Doesn't Trickle Down to Small Businesses Drought And The Economy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/drought-and-economy <p>What is the economic impact of this year’s drought? When it comes to food prices, agricultural experts and analysts say it means a spike due to soaring corn prices, but consumers may not see higher prices in the grocery store until 2013.&nbsp;Then we look at other economic factors in the Midwest, including how the 2012 Presidential Election could affect crude oil prices.</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 17:51:20 +0000 Dean Borg 7964 at http://iowapublicradio.org Drought And The Economy Obama, Romney Push Job Numbers in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/obama-romney-push-job-numbers-iowa <p></p><p>Both the Republican and Democratic national conventions are over. And both presidential candidates were in Iowa yesterday. &nbsp;Both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were using new jobs numbers to sway voters.</p><p>More than 8,000 people crowded outside Jessup Hall at the University of Iowa. A late afternoon rain soaked the crowd… many dressed in Hawkeye yellow and black as well as ponchos. &nbsp;But the sky cleared up for Vice President Joe Biden to introduce the president.</p><p></p> Sat, 08 Sep 2012 04:40:13 +0000 Clay Masters 7624 at http://iowapublicradio.org Obama, Romney Push Job Numbers in Iowa Obama focuses on economy in Cedar Rapids http://iowapublicradio.org/post/obama-focuses-economy-cedar-rapids <p></p><p>President Barack Obama made a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids Tuesday. He spent a lot of time discussing his call this week to extend the Bush-era tax cuts to the middle class. He also addressed the economy… something his presumptive GOP opponent, Mitt Romney has attacked him on. And as Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports, how he addresses the lagging economy could be what makes or breaks his reelection. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Clay Masters 4492 at http://iowapublicradio.org Obama focuses on economy in Cedar Rapids Growing need for physician assistants prompts new training program http://iowapublicradio.org/post/growing-need-physician-assistants-prompts-new-training-program <p><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In the Quad Cities, Davenport&rsquo;s St. Ambrose University will soon be opening a new program for training physician assistants.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; The job market is good for the female-dominated profession, but class sizes are limited.</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 13:30:24 +0000 Dean Borg 2620 at http://iowapublicradio.org Growing need for physician assistants prompts new training program Obama takes on Romney's private-sector record, rallies supporters, in Des Moines http://iowapublicradio.org/post/obama-takes-romneys-private-sector-record-rallies-supporters-des-moines <p><br>President Obama is becoming a familiar face in Iowa again. Yesterday, he made his third visit to the state this year, which he won in 2008.<br>Mr. Obama discussed renewable energy at a manufacturing plant in Newton before rallying about 2500 supporters at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.</p><p>If Mr. Obama’s job four years ago was to woo voters, this time the message is more like “I Still Need You.”</p><p>"This election’s gonna be even closer than the last one. And by the way the last one was close. People don’t remember, it was close," he says.</p> Fri, 25 May 2012 11:54:24 +0000 Sarah McCammon 2178 at http://iowapublicradio.org Obama takes on Romney's private-sector record, rallies supporters, in Des Moines How Not to Live in Your Mom's Basement After Graduation http://iowapublicradio.org/post/how-not-live-your-moms-basement-after-graduation <p>With all the gloomy news about job prospects these days, seniors can feel like their diploma is a one-way ticket to mom&rsquo;s basement. But there are young adults who&rsquo;ve landed on their feet &ndash; and learned how to make it in this tough economy.</p> Tue, 08 May 2012 13:05:57 +0000 Kate Wells 1174 at http://iowapublicradio.org How Not to Live in Your Mom's Basement After Graduation Deadly Weather and State Economic Update http://iowapublicradio.org/post/deadly-weather-and-state-economic-update <p>In the past week, scores of people have been killed and injured by tornadoes in the Midwest and South. Ben Kieffer talks with meteorologist Alan Czarnetzki of the University of Northern Iowa about the series of deadly storms and the weather outlook in Iowa as we approach spring.&nbsp;Ben will&nbsp;also talk with the Director of Iowa&#39;s Economic Development Authority Debi Durham about growing Iowa&#39;s economy and its population.</p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Ben Kieffer 200 at http://iowapublicradio.org Gas Prices and the Economy and Iowa's Water Supply http://iowapublicradio.org/post/gas-prices-and-economy-and-iowas-water-supply <p>Gas prices are at record highs for this time of year, and experts predict the rise won&#39;t be ending soon. We&#39;ll examine what&#39;s driving current crude oil prices and what it means for Iowa&#39;s economy with the Iowa Department of Agriculture&#39;s Harold Hommes and Creighton University Economics Professor Ernie Goss. Later, the Iowa DNR has been surveying groundwater supplies across the state. Results indicate some Iowa cities need to start planning immediately to drill new wells or to pipe in water from new resources. Fri, 02 Mar 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Ben Kieffer 198 at http://iowapublicradio.org