Iowa’s workforce problem means opportunities for job seekers


This article was originally published by The Gazette on The Gazette on Dec, 2022.

Listen in on our conversation with The Gazette’s Des Moines Bureau Chief, journalist Erin Murphy and if its possible there are more opportunities for job seekers even with Iowa’s slow growth.

Recently, Erin talked with a state economist in his piece on how difficult it will be to recoup Iowa’s worker losses due to Iowa’s chronic population growth problem.

Listen here:

Some podcast highlights

Slow population growth for over a decade has led to more job openings than people to fill them in Iowa.

  • ‘Brain drain’ of young Iowans who benefit from Iowa’s schools and universities are leaving at higher rates for other states.
  • Retiring and aging workforce leave many skilled positions hard to fill with the sheer volume of them.
  • Immigrants have continued to be the main source of new population in Iowa and many legislatures will be focused on how to reform legal pathways for immigrants who wish to come to Iowa to fill the many jobs we have to fill.
  • Many state-funded up-skilling and re-skilling programs are being strengthened by additional funding.

You can read Erin’s story here on

Opportunities in Iowa for job seekers

So what does this news mean for job seekers? More competition among employers for your skills. Additionally, if you are currently struggling to find a job or a better career, you can benefit from multiple apprenticeship or up-skilling programs available nearby at local community colleges or workforce training centers.

More from Erin Murphy

Want to hear more from Erin Murphy? You can sign up for his weekday newsletter On Iowa Politics or listen in to his On Iowa Politics podcast. Once the legislative session in Iowa starts back up in Iowa, Erin will be covering all the happenings at the statehouse.

Additional resources

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