Ex­ist­ing in­dus­try spend­ing big news

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Myrick SJ Edi­tor

If there is one thing that makes a long term im­pact on Polk County in the years to come from the year that was, it will be this: ex­ist­ing in­dus­tries are in­vest­ing in the com­mu­nity, and now hir­ing signs are back up all over the place.

No mat­ter what side of the county one lives on, the an­nounce­ment of in­vest­ments by some of the largest lo­cal em­ploy­ers made a dif­fer­ence. One way to tell: a drop in un­em­ploy­ment.

Back in Novem­ber, the state re­leased ini­tial fig­ures for the month of Oc­to­ber, and Polk County came in at the time — be­fore any holiday ad­di­tional hir­ing at stores — with a 4.8 per­cent un­em­ploy­ment rate. Com­pared to the year be­fore at 6 per­cent be­fore the elec­tion of 2016, the rate has dropped 1.2 points in a year. That also in­cludes a change in the num­ber of peo­ple avail­able in the civil­ian work­force in the county, which went up from 18,226 in 2016 to 18,382 as of the start of the sec­ond fis­cal quar­ter of the year.

Kevin Myrick / SJ

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