***The Iowa Standard is an independent media voice. We rely on grassroots financial supporters to exist. If you appreciate what we do, please consider a one-time sign of support or becoming a monthly supporter (even just $5/month would go a long way in sustaining us!) We also offer advertising options for advocacy groups, events and businesses! If you’ve ever used the phrase “Fake News Media” — this is YOUR chance to do something about it! You can also support us on PayPal at [email protected] or Venmo at Iowa-Standard-2018 or through the mail at: PO Box 112 Sioux Center, IA 51250 Thank you so much for your support and please invite your friends and family to like us on Facebook, sign up for our email newsletter and visit our website!***

Unemployment Continues Downward

The national unemployment rate dropped to 10.2% in July, compared to 11.1% for June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Total employment grew by 1,350,000.

First time jobless claims dropped below 1 million for the week ending August 8. This is the first time since March 14 that first time claims were less than 1 million. Total claims dropped more than 600,000 compared to the prior week.

Iowa’s unemployment claims dropped below 100,000 for the first time since March, according to Iowa Workforce Development. New claims were 5,282 for the week of August 2-August 8. The Iowa unemployment numbers for July will be available August 21.

Some Cities Have Spike in Murders

I should have reported last week that Des Moines has had 14 murders so far in 2020, compared to 13 for all of 2019.   

Gallup: Black Americans Don’t Want Fewer Police

According to a Gallup Poll published August 5, 2020, most Black Americans don’t agree with the radicals who want to defund, or reduce funding for, the police.  The poll shows that the big majority want either the same amount of police presence in their communities or more. Only 19% want fewer police in their neighborhood, while 20% want more and 61% want the same level. It should not be surprising that those who are disproportionate victims of crime would not want less protection.

Author: Julian Garrett