Peter Orazem, university professor, was interviewed for a May 23 National Public Radio story, "In This Town, You Apply For A Job And You Get It." He discussed how low unemployment affects the employment environment in Ames and other cities in the Midwest.
So why are jobs so plentiful in this small city of more than 65,000 residents tucked amid farm fields 45 minutes north of Des Moines? One reason is that Ames is home to Iowa State University. College towns emerged from the Great Recession in stronger shape than other places, says Iowa State economist Peter Orazem.