Group ranks Iowa 35th for potential job growth in 2014

(Radio Iowa) – A public policy research group has ranked Iowa 35th in the nation for job creation in 2014. The analysis, released by Pew Charitable Trusts, estimates Iowa will add just over 21,000 jobs this year. That places Iowa 35th among the 50 states with a job growth rate of 1.4 percent. North Dakota, with an estimated 3.57 percent growth rate, took the top spot on the list.

Arizona (3.08% growth) and Texas (2.75%) are ranked second and third. Washington, D.C. is ranked last with an estimated job growth rate of just .75 percent. The analysis shows job prospects are best for states in the West as Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Idaho and Utah are five of the 10 states with the highest growth rates.