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How good is the economy really?

Unemployment is low, job creation is robust and the economy is growing. Still, many Iowans have a negative view of the economy. In this episode of River to River we explore why.

University of Iowa economist Anne Villamil walks us through the current metrics used to measure economic health. Then Sean Finn of Common Good Iowa discusses the nonprofit's recent report, which found that one in six full-time workers in Iowa are struggling to cover the cost of basic needs.


  • Anne Villamil, professor of economics at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business
  • Sean Finn, policy analyst, Common Good Iowa

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