Iowa's economy isn't growing as well as most of the nation in the past decade

Iowa’s post-recession economy, though beginning recovery sooner, grew much slower than neighboring states, than the Plains region, and the nation. According to Iowa State economist Dave Swenson, between 2010 and 2018, Iowa ranked last among all of its bordering neighbors, last among all of the Plains states, and 6th worst nationally in its rate of job growth.