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Iowa's Unemployment Rate Ties for Lowest in Nation, School Board Slate Complete


092019-noon news

Iowa's unemployment rate remained at 2.5% in August.

Iowa Workforce Development reported today that the rate didn't change from the previous month as the number of unemployed people and the number of residents with jobs both increased.

Iowa is tied for the nation's third-lowest unemployment rate, behind Vermont and North Dakota. Iowa's rate ties with the rate in New Hampshire.

The national unemployment rate for August was 3.7%.

Sioux City School Board member David Gleiser has ruled out a bid for a second term, as a six-candidate field was set for the Nov. 7 election. Veteran board members Mike McTaggart and Julie Warnstadt say they won't run for re-election.

Miyuki Nelson, who was appointed to fill an unexpired term last year, will be the only current board member on the ballot. The challengers include Juline Albert, Shaun Broyhill, Taylor Goodvin, Dan Greenwell, and Monique Scarlett.

Yesterday was the final day for candidates to file nomination papers for school board elections in Iowa.

Last year, the board appointed Nelson, 45, to fill Mike Krysl's unexpired term after Krysl resigned his seat. Nelson, who fell short of winning a seat in the 2017 election, has served on several district committees, including the District Advisory Committee.

Albert is an administrator for Western Iowa Tech Community College, and she filed nomination papers just before yesterday’s deadline.  Godvin until recently worked as director of the Woodbury County Taxpayers Research Council. He is currently employed as a business operations analyst for Brad Cummings LLC in Sioux City. 

Scarlett who is 51, works for US Bank, serves on the Sioux City Human Rights Commission and founded the local Unity in the Community, which seeks to build relationships between law enforcement and the broader community.   Last year, Scarlett was one of three people who applied to be appointed to the vacant seat, which ultimately went to Nelson. 

Greenwell owns a software company and is president of Shelby Monroe Group, a private equity investment, and management advisory firm. Greenwell has been a persistent critic of Sioux City School District finances and reporting and unsuccessfully ran for the school board in 2015. 

Broyhill, 39, works as a senior software engineer and is in his fourth run for elective office in Sioux City. He initially won a school board seat in 2013. Before the first meeting, Broyhill had to resign to serve a 20-day jail sentence for violating probation on a misdemeanor theft charge from 2002 in northeast Nebraska.  He also was an unsuccessful candidate for the Sioux City School Board in 2017 and an Iowa House seat in 2016.

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