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Economic Recovery in Iowa? On the May 13 edition of The Iowa Journal

May 13, 2010

(Johnston, Iowa) –Thursday’s episode of The Iowa Journal will look at the state of Iowa's business climate and job opportunities. This program airs Thursday, May 13 at 8 p.m. It will be rebroadcast Friday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. on statewide Iowa Public Television and Saturday, May 15 at 8:30 a.m. on IPTV WORLD. It will also be available online at iptv.org/iowajournal.

While key economic indicators show Iowa's economy is gaining strength, job growth continues to lag. Although Iowa's unemployment rate of 6.8 percent is well below the 9.9 percent national rate the number of Iowans unemployed rose to 114,600 statewide. 

But not all of Iowa suffers as high a loss of jobs. The Iowa Journal visits the town of Carroll, where the unemployment rate has dropped to 5.1 percent - the second lowest in the state. The community has helped build a diverse range of industry through strategies including the Western Iowa Advantage partnership that utilizes the strengths of an eight county region.

In the studio to discuss Iowa's economic recovery are Joe Crookham, president and principal owner of Musco Lighting in Oskaloosa; Charles Sukup, president of Sukup Manufacturing Company in Sheffield and a former chair of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry; and Eric Lohmeier, co-founder and managing director of NCP, Inc. in Des Moines.

For more information about The Iowa Journal, visit www.iptv.org/iowajournal or call (515) 242-3146. For information on how to watch IPTV WORLD in your area, visit Iptv.org.

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Iowa Public Television is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network. IPTV provides quality, noncommercial programming to make a difference in the lives of Iowans. As one of the last locally controlled media enterprises in the state, IPTV is committed to telling Iowa's stories like no one else can. Our mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford. More than 1.5 million viewers a week turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television offers three programming channels statewide: IPTV, IPTV LEARNS, and IPTV WORLD. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak. Information on programming channels, reception, and more can be found at www.iptv.org.

For immediate release:
May 13, 2010

For information contact:
Tonya Weber Dusold
Communications Manager
(515) 725-9705

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