As Storms Hammer Midwest, Jobs and Workers may Flee

April 9, 2019

As the storm-battered midwest waits for another monster blizzard..
a reminder that it’s a pattern. I’m seeing it in and around the upper midwest, it shows up in the stats of extreme precipitation events, and it’s eating away at infrastructure, agriculture, waters, and soils across the region.

Des Moine Register:

A large storm system set to bring low temperatures, high winds and severe weather to an area spanning the Rockies through New England will move eastward this week, forecasters say.

Blizzard warnings have been posted in parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota. Folks in Illinois and parts of Nebraska and Kansas will have to watch for tornadoes.
But in Iowa, the eyes should be on the rivers and streams that will likely swell with rain in the weather system, according to Brooke Hagenhoff, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Des Moines. 
“With our soil already saturated and having some flooding that we’ve already seen in the past month or so, keeping an eye on local streams is going to be important with adding, across northern Iowa, maybe up to 2 to 3 inches of rain on top of rivers that are already full,” she said. 

Business Insider:

Finding a job in the Midwest is getting more difficult. 

Midwestern cities not only saw hiring decrease in March due to natural disaster, workers are also expected to migrate out of the area at high rates, according to LinkedIn’s Workforce Report for April 2019. 

Record flooding in March devastated farmers in Nebraska and other parts of the Midwest, costing the area hundreds of millions worth in damages. The floods also had an adverse effect on jobs: Omaha, Nebraska; Kansas City, Missouri; and Fargo, North Dakota, all saw significant decreases in hiring rates. Jobs in agriculture, one of the top industries in the region, bore the brunt of hiring slowdowns: the agriculture industry saw hiring drop 16.7% over the last two months.

Millennials could be hit hardest from this recent downtrend in agriculture job growth. The number of farmers aged 25 to 34 is increasing, according to the US Department of Agriculture, and approximately 69% of young farmers have college degrees.

As a result of the flooding, LinkedIn expects a net migration out of the area. After Hurricane Irma devastated Miami, migration out of the city increased 62.9% in the same calendar year. LinkedIn predicts just as significant of a migration out of the Midwest in the coming months to Southwest and West Coast cities like Denver, Dallas-Fort Worth, Seattle, and Phoenix. 
Midwest cities that lost the most workers in the past 12 months include Lansing, Michigan; State College, Pennsylvania; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Wichita, Kansas. Wichita had the biggest population loss, with nearly 320 workers per every 10,000 people leaving the area in the past year.


8 Responses to “As Storms Hammer Midwest, Jobs and Workers may Flee”

  1. jerry falwell Says:

    The party which freed the slaves was not the democrats it was the republicans, the party which gave us the large middle class was not the democrats it was the republicans under Ike, The party which gave us a million dead in the middle east, waves of refugees fleeing to Europe, was the democrats, the party which gave us Libya was Obama, a democrat, the party which gave us Syria was a the democrats. The party which gave us the ISIS was the democrats under Obama. Perhaps republicans are not all bad.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Perhaps they weren’t back in the days of Lincoln and Ike, but since the days of Nixon’s “southern strategy” and the complete flip of the Republican Party to being the party of racism, misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia, income and wealth inequality, greed, and any other immoral, inhumane, and disgusting “stand” you can think of, they look pretty damn bad to anyone with a brain. Do you have a brain, Jerry? Why don’t you use it and stop spouting insupportable crap?

    • Sir Charles Says:

      Bonkers! It was Bush and his “war on terror” what destabilised the whole region and caused the IS to spread. And we Europeans are living with the aftermath now.

      And since when did Obama spark the civil war in Syria?

      => Water, Drought, Climate Change, and Conflict in Syria


      The devastating civil war that began in Syria in March 2011 is the result of complex interrelated factors. The focus of the conflict is regime change, but the triggers include a broad set of religious and sociopolitical factors, the erosion of the economic health of the country, a wave of political reform sweeping over the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Levant region, and challenges associated with climate variability and change and the availability and use of freshwater. As described here, water and climatic conditions have played a direct role in the deterioration of Syria’s economic conditions. There is a long history of conflicts over water in these regions because of the natural water scarcity, the early development of irrigated agriculture, and complex religious and ethnic diversity. In recent years, there has been an increase in incidences of water-related violence around the world at the subnational level attributable to the role that water plays in development disputes and economic activities. Because conflicts are rarely, if ever, attributable to single causes, conflict analysis and concomitant efforts at reducing the risks of conflict must consider a multitude of complex relationships and contributing factors. This paper assesses the complicated connections between water and conflict in Syria, looks more broadly at future climate-related risks for water systems, and offers some water management strategies for reducing those risks.

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      The liberal progressives of the day freed the slaves that the conservatives owned.

      I am loyal to ideas, not parties.

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