Swenson on rust belt jobs going overseas

January 28, 2019

David SwensonDavid Swenson, associate scientist, was interviewed for a Public Radio International story "Rust Belt jobs are still going overseas. The impact could be felt for generations," Jan. 24, 2019.

Swenson says the data is pretty clear: workforce retraining programs have failed manufacturing workers who lose their jobs. “Many of the people in manufacturing were people that did repetitive jobs day in and day out, they didn’t demand a lot of educational preparation, yet they paid reasonably well,” says Swenson. “The new modern economy requires more educational preparation to take those next steps. Many of these people are either unable or unwilling to engage in some of these educational programs, either because their own educational preparation doesn’t allow them to take the next step, or they’ve reached an age in life where they just give up.”

Jan. 25, 2019 Business Record, Swenson was quoted on Iowa's economy.

Jan. 27, 2019, Dayton Daily News on Sen Shorrod Brown's possible presidential run.
"Iowa grows more soybeans than any other state,” said David Swenson, a professor of economics at Iowa State University. “At least on agricultural commodities, we seem to be getting hit the worst. I don’t know how Sherrod sells this message when he comes to Iowa,” Swenson said.

Jan. 31, Vanessa Miller, Cedar Rapids Gazette, about the Brookings report listing Iowa as one of the top 4 states vulnerable to job loss through automation.

Jan. 31, a  panelist at the Business Record Economic Forecast Luncheon in West Des Moines, an annual meeting of metro business leaders.

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