Newton Bounced Back After Maytag Closed, But Now Needs More Skilled Workers
NEWTON, Iowa -- "...when Maytag closed, our unemployment rate shot up to about 15 percent," said Chaz Allen, Director of the Jasper County Economic Development Corporation. "We have a lot of our people that weren't working, didn`t have jobs to go get, and that`s a double-edged sword, because what it did was it made Newton a place where there were empty buildings, an idle workforce. So, people wanted to come here to put our workforce back to work."