The State of Working Iowa
September 2, 2007
The State of Working Iowa 2007

Iowa working families are being left behind in the the state's slow economic recovery -- in job-quality measures and in comparison to many states in the region and nation.

While the economic downturn that began in March 2001 is now well behind us, any reasonable measure – total jobs, job quality, wages, basic economic security – shows the broader benefits of that recovery have been scarce. Click here for a look at our fourth biennial installment in the "State of Working Iowa" series, with analysis by Colin Gordon, Elaine Ditsler and Jevon Europe. Read the Press Release.

One pagers on key points: . Median wage comparisons, Iowa & neighbors . Growing, declining sectors . Policies for working Iowans . Union advantage

See Colin Gordon's interview on KGAN-TV, CBS2.

There are fresh concerns about a coming worker shortage in Iowa. Read the story in the Mason City Globe-Gazette.

September 3, 2006
No Picnic
A Labor Day 2006 Update on The State of Working Iowa
A recovering economy is failing to lift wages for Iowa’s working families, according to the IPP’s annual Labor Day look at the work climate in Iowa. “Working families in Iowa are doing their part,” said Colin Gordon, co-author of the off-year update to the biennial State of Working Iowa report. “Yet the benefits have not trickled down.” Read the Press Release and the Full Report.
September 1, 2005
The State of Working Iowa 2005
This is now the third installment of the State of Working Iowa, a biennial project we launched in 2001. In this report, we find the effects of the recession are still with us. Job and wage growth has remained anemic even in the months (now years) since the recession ended. Only in mid-2005 did Iowa begin to approach the employment levels of 2000 and early 2001. Read the Press Release and the Full Report.
September 3, 2004
Working Blues: Labor Day in Iowa, 2004
On Labor Day 2004, Iowans are still waiting for a recovery from the 2001 recession, with jobs and wages on the decline after the late 1990s boom. Read the Full Report and News Release.
August 27, 2003
The State of Working Iowa 2003
The Iowa Policy Project's second installment of The State of Working Iowa describes the impact of the recent recession on jobs and income. The report finds persistent soft spots in the economy that threaten gains in the 1990s. It also finds that household incomes in Iowa lag behind most neighboring states. Read the Full Report and Press Release.
June 11, 2001
The State of Working Iowa 2001
The Iowa Policy Project's first major report, The State of Working Iowa 2001, was released on June 11, 2001. The report examines trends in employment, wages, and incomes in Iowa over the past 20 years and compares Iowa to its neighboring states and to the nation on various measures of economic performance. The report concludes with policy recommendations.