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Employment Update: What skills are most in demand at this time in Tama County?

Usually the last indicator that an economy is returning back to health would be returning jobs. And as we count the returning jobs, June 2010 marked the first time since October 2008 that Iowa’s non-farm employment payroll jobs have been positive year-over-year. That being said, Tama County and Iowa, had not experienced the same level of challenges as the rest of the nation. In 2009 the nation was battling an annual average unemployment rate 9.3%, while Iowa was one of the healthiest states at 6.3%, with Tama County at 6.8%. (1) The following video visually illustrates how national per county unemployment evolved over the course of 3 years:

Now on the rebound phase, Tama County has over 45 job openings posted publicly during July 2010. Specialty skills are in demand for the following leading sectors:

  1. Healthcare:  at least 16 available positions
  2. Manufacturing: at least 7 available positions
  3. Hospitality and Recreation: at least 6 available positions
    Education: at least 6 available positions

This month Tama County Economic Development also launched “Tama County Employment” a new centralized database to help employers and job seekers connect in one central and free space. Please touch base if you would like to make sure your available positions appear here, or have suggestions for how we can increase the convenience of this new function.

(1) Source: Iowa Workforce Development, 2010

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