Iowa’s small towns struggle to gain traction and grow: Swenson

April 29, 2019

David Swenson David Swenson, associate scientist, was interviewed for a story by Courtney Van Meter, Financial Times, about why Iowa has such a low unemployment rate, the nature of recent job growth, and how that might influence campaign messages.

And for a story in the April 28 Iowa City Press-Citizen on Iowa small towns.

“So, for the most part, we have two economies in Iowa,” he said. “We have a metropolitan economy, the counties with a city that’s 50,000 or more. In general, they are all growing.”

The state’s secondary economy — the rural economy — has not seen growth, Swenson said. He said rural communities in Iowa have shrunk since 2008, with a smaller labor force and a declining economy.

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