© 2024 Iowa Public Radio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

How good is the economy, really?

River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

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

University of Iowa economist Anne Villamil walks us through the current metrics for measuring economic health. Then Sean Finn with Common Good Iowa discusses the nonprofit's recent report, which found thatone in six full-time Iowa workers struggles to afford the cost of basic needs.


  • Anne Villamil, economics professor at the Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa
  • Sean Finn, policy analyst, Common Good Iowa
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Caitlin Troutman is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio