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More People Consider New Jobs Because of the Pandemic

Iowa Workforce Development

Thanks to the pandemic, more workers than ever before would consider changing jobs. That's one of the findings of a study by Iowa Workforce Development of the Quad Cities region.

Ryan Murphy from the Labor Market Information Division says in our area, 33% of those currently employed are likely to accept a new job. Before COVID it was generally just 20-25%.

"Now we're seeing that number above 30 percent, higher than 30 percent and that's new. We are seeing it in industries we don't typically see those higher numbers in so we definitely incurred a shock to the labor market."

Of those currently employed, 28% are actively looking for new jobs.

Murphy says the highest numbers of people working who are willing to change are in wholesale and retail trade, manufacturing, and education and healthcare. And the main reasons people give for wanting to change jobs are better wages, working conditions, and having been laid off.

Iowa Workforce Development estimates the Quad Cities region has an available workforce of 581,000. This is generally considered to be anyone between the ages of 18-64.

It also found that people looking for new jobs in this region are willing to drive as long as thirty minutes one-way to work.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.