Iowa Jobs and Labor Force Update – May 2024

Iowa Jobs and Labor Force Update – May 2024

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Iowa’s jobs situation continues to deteriorate in May, based on today’s BLS jobs data release. Having never recovered to population-adjusted pre-pandemic levels, employment in Iowa fell in May for the second month in a row.

Inflation in the Midwest: May 2024

Inflation in the Midwest: May 2024

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Stocks surged today as inflation came in at the lowest print of the year, but the U.S. would need deflation through the end of the year for the Fed to reach its 2% inflation target for 2024.

Common Sense Institute Iowa Belief Statement

We believe sound fiscal and economic research is essential to uphold Iowa’s economic vitality, future, and individual opportunity. 

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CSI Iowa is excited to announce the addition of Andrzej Wieciorkowski, our new Research Analyst!

He majored in Political Science and Economics at the College of the Holy Cross and interned at the Heritage Foundation. Andrzej loves traveling, hiking, video games, chess, and basketball. He looks forward to attending Iowa Wolves games and starting in Des Moines. Welcome, Andrzej!
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Behind the scenes with our incredible research team, spanning Colorado, Arizona, Iowa, and Oregon. These dedicated professionals are pivotal in driving the prosperity of their states` economies.

From left to right: Zachary Milne, CSI AZ Senior Research Economist, DJ Summers, CSI CO Director of Policy & Research, Steven Beyers, CSI US Senior Economist, Glenn Farley, CSI AZ Director of Policy & Research, Chris Brown, CSI CO VP of Policy & Research, Mark McMullen, CSI OR VP of Policy & Research, Ben Murrey, CSI IA Director of Policy & Research
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Fentanyl took the lives of about 200 Iowans last year, but did you know this tragic epidemic also costs the state’s economy billions of dollars? Fentanyl-related overdose deaths cost Iowa $3.5 billion in 2023, up from approximately $1.3 billion in 2018

Read more at the link in our bio.
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Iowa’s jobs situation continues to deteriorate in May, based on today’s BLS jobs data release. Having never recovered to population-adjusted pre-pandemic levels, employment in Iowa fell in May for the second month in a row.

See @CSInstituteIA’s full report on May the employment print here: https://bit.ly/3RGXJKM
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Happy Birthday to our Director of Policy & Research, Ben Murrey! Ben, we hope you have an incredible day. ...

This morning`s inflation print came in at the lowest rate of increase so far this year, but the U.S. would need deflation through the end of the year for the Fed to reach its 2% inflation target for 2024.

Read more about today`s inflation data for the Midwest in our latest report: https://bit.ly/45n9P1c
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CSI Energy & Our Environment Policy Center: focused on providing the facts and research in Colorado, Oregon, Iowa, and Arizona.

Trisha Curtis, President and CEO of PetroNerds, LLC, was named as the first Fellow. The Center’s first study is expected later this year.
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COMMON SENSE INSTITUTE’S MISSION

CSI’s mission is to examine the fiscal impacts of policies, initiatives, and proposed laws so that residents are educated and informed on issues impacting their lives. Common Sense Institute was founded in 2010 originally as Common Sense Policy Roundtable in Colorado. CSI’s founders were a concerned group of business and community leaders who observed that divisive partisanship was overwhelming policymaking and believed that sound economic analysis could help residents make fact-based and common sense decisions.