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Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

Get a job. Those three words are often used in a condescending way, but they are maybe more important today than they have ever been.

Our nation’s unemployment rate in June was at 3.6 percent. In Iowa, it was 2.6 percent. Those are very low numbers, which means the pool of people to hire from is low, too.

Meanwhile, Iowa employers added 5,100 jobs in June. The total number of working Iowans increased to 1,665,500 in June — 8,200 higher than May and 57,900 higher than one year ago. The number of unemployed Iowans decreased to 43,900 in June from 46,800 in May.

Those statistics are all good signs that more and more people are getting back to work. Meanwhile, there are still about 89,000 open jobs across the state.

These numbers can be spun in a number of ways as one political party wants to take credit while another wants to point out what still needs fixed. As a past boss of mine used to say, “Figures lie, and liars figure.”

Regardless, we still need more Iowans to “get a job.” When I talk with business owners, they continue to say that the inability to find workers is their No. 1 inhibitor to growth. Close behind now are supply chain issues and inflation.

So here’s the bottom line. If you are capable of working, please consider doing so. Our economy needs you. Ten hours a week, or 20 hours per week, or whatever you can do. Every hour worked will help make the economic engine turn. The end result will be better customer service, improved products and more people contributing to our society in positive ways.

Employers often note today that getting employees to work 40 hours is a growing challenge. That’s a societal change that is being seen across the board, for a number of reasons we won’t get into today. Meanwhile, employers have discovered that they now need to hire two or three people to put in those 40 hours. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; it’s just different, and successful employers are learning to work with that model to help move our country in the right direction.

Now if we can just get the supply chain and inflation issues under control. One step at a time. 

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

From the Food Dude

Des Moines superchef Big Moe Cason's new TV series,"World of Flavor with Big Moe Cason," debuted late Monday on the National Geographic channel with that station's super production values and travel budget. This is the biggest TV deal ever for a local chef. — Jim Duncan


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

We’ve got great weather ahead through Friday with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Rain chances come our way later tonight into early Wednesday morning. Temperatures heat up into the weekend.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

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FROM KCCI: Hot air balloon pilot explains why they are forced to make bizarre landings

DES MOINES, Iowa — Some Des Moines residents were surprised to see a hot air balloon make a landing in their neighborhood on Monday. Twenty-two hot air balloons were launched from the Iowa fairgrounds on Monday morning, but some came down in unexpected places, including one balloon that landed in a Des Moines backyard. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Missing Polk City woman found dead in Hamilton County

HAMILTON COUNTY, IOWA — The Polk City Police Department says a woman reported missing over the weekend has been found dead and no foul play is suspected. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: New state program to bring more fresh food into underserved communities

DES MOINES, Iowa — Bringing more fresh food into communities in need is one of the goals of the new Iowa Local Food Purchasing Assistance Program. The other goal is to buy that food from smaller farms or minority farmers...Iowa was awarded $2.7 million from USDA for the program.  ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Nonprofit
1. Many Hands for Haiti
2. LifeServe Blood Center
3. Ronald McDonald House Charities


Kunze’s penchant for General Motors continues with his 2018 Camaro Convertible.

By Darren Tromblay

Gary Kunze is a man of few words and a man of few needs when it comes to vehicles.
Need No. 1? It has to be a GM. Period. And a convertible.

For his most recent foray into car buying, he added another need: It had to be yellow. Iowa Hawkeye yellow, that is.

The 2018 Camaro Convertible in his garage met all the standards when he bought it new off the Karl Chevrolet lot that same year.

“I decided that I wanted one, so I went up there and asked if they’d look around and find one, and they did,” he says. “I just knew I wanted a convertible. I winter down in Arizona, and I have season tickets to the Hawkeyes games.”

... Read More From the July issue of Urbandale Living.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Brooke Pulliam

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Sandra Bullock, Jason Statham, Mick Jagger, Kate Beckinsale, Helen Mirren, Elizabeth Gillies, Francia Raisa, Monica Raymund, Jeremy Piven, Dorothy Hamill, Grace Byers

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to:tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Why doesn't Sherlock Holmes pay any income tax?
HE HAS BRILLIANT DEDUCTIONS! Got it Gail Tomlinson, Rex Post, Rich Hoidahl


What do you call Watson when Sherlock isn't around?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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