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Index Ranks Area among Nation's Least Stressed

According to the Associated Press's Economic Stress Index, Johnson County was the 14th least economically "stressed" county in the nation with a population of 25,000 or greater. Local experts say there are a number of reasons why the county was able to handle the recession better than most, but all point to the stability exhibited by the county's largest employers, particularly The University of Iowa and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Charles Whiteman, interim director of the Institute for Economic Research and professor of economics at Iowa, said the Iowa City area is unique in that it has one "enormous and very stable employer."

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