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Iowa receives “A” for manufacturing industry health

July 13, 2017

Iowa receives “A” for manufacturing industry health

Iowa has one of the healthiest manufacturing industries in the country, according to a new report from Ball State University and Conexus Indiana.

Iowa received an “A” rating from the report, with especially high marks for the abilities of Iowa’s manufacturing workforce, which the report notes is the most important factor for manufacturers. The researchers gave Iowa an “A” in the “Human Capital,” a grade which takes the following criteria into account:

Our human capital measurements include rankings of educational attainment at the high school and collegiate level, the first-year retention rate of adults in community and technical colleges, the number of associates degrees awarded annually on a per capita basis, and the share of adults enrolled in adult basic education.

Iowa has the highest public high school graduation rates in the country, and increasing levels of post-secondary education is one of the state’s priorities. To learn more about the strengths of Iowa's thriving manufacturing industry, visit



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