Iowa and Neb. Jobless Rates Remain Low, Ia Gov. Reynolds Praises North Atlantic Trade Deal, 5:04

May 17, 2019

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Iowa's unemployment rate remained at 2.4% in April for the 10th month in a row.

Iowa Workforce Development reported Friday the jobless rate held steady, where it has been since July 2018.

Iowa has the nation's third-lowest rate, behind only Vermont and North Dakota, and tied with New Hampshire.

Nebraska's unemployment rate inched up to 2.9% in April, even though more people entered or re-entered the job market, the state labor commissioner said Friday.

The Nebraska figure had been 2.8% for eight months in a row.

The Trump administration has reached agreements with Canada and Mexico to lift tariffs on metals imported from those countries, resolving a yearlong standoff that inflamed North Atlantic tensions and complicated efforts to ratify a revised trade deal.

Gov. Kim Reynolds commented on the agreement today, saying that it represents a significant step forward for Iowa’s agriculture and manufacturing industries.” Mexico and Canada are Iowa’s top two trading partners, and the removal of steel, aluminum, and retaliatory tariffs will increase exports of Iowa products.  

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who announced yesterday he is entering the large field of 2020 Democratic candidates running for president, in Sioux City today. He'll speak tonight at 6 p.m. tonight at Rebos downtown, and then at 7 p.m. at a Woodbury County Democratic Party fundraiser.

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, of Colorado will also be in 

US Senator Micheal Bennet of Colorado (D)

Siouxland this weekend.  In two Saturday events, Bennet will speak at 1:30 p.m. at the Morningside College Olsen Student Center, and at 5 p.m. at Better Day Cafe, in Storm Lake.