Eathington: Immigrants are propping up Iowa population

September 26, 2017
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Liesl EathingtonLiesl Eathington, assistant scientist, was quoted in an article in Gazette Iowa Ideas on how immigrants to Iowa account for more than 40 percent of the state's population growth.

Eathington noted than 60 percent of new jobs in the next 10 years probably will require no more than a high school education. However, the panelists agreed that Iowa likely will need immigrant help filling jobs at all skill levels, including high-skill positions.

“So the obvious answer is international in-migration,” Eathington said, "because natural population growth is unlikely to replenish the labor force."
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