There’s a gap between the jobs that are available in Iowa and the skill set of workers to fill those jobs. We’ll talk about preparing workers for the jobs that are actually available, creating a better workplace, and rethinking the entire concept of work.

“You can’t have a successful economy without having a relatively diversely skilled and motivated young workforce. We’ve got good people like that, that’s just Iowa, whether it’s city or county, people in Iowa are workers,” said Iowa State University Department of Economics associate scientist David Swenson.

However, Swenson noted that many young workers are migrating out of rural areas for better opportunities for themselves and their families in larger communities — places with higher pay, better amenities and better jobs available for spouses. The problem is one of distribution, he said, there are simply not enough workers in rural areas.

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