Iowa Economic Forecast projects 2 percent income growth for 2001
Ingram said the fourth quarter was especially weak in Iowa; real personal income grew at an annual rate of 1.1 percent, in line with the national growth rate.
"We expect this to pick up during the first quarter of 2001, but be followed by two weak quarters in which real personal income is expected to grow by 1.7 percent in the second quarter of 2001 and decline by 0.2 percent in the third quarter of 2001," Ingram said. "The national economic forecasters are saying the economy is skating on thin ice -- we're not in a recession right now, but the future is very uncertain."
State revenue growth is expected to be 2.8 percent fiscal year 2001, down from 3.7 percent from the March forecast. The revenue growth projection for fiscal year 2002 is 5.3 percent, down from 5.5 percent in the March forecast.
The Institute is forecasting no growth in employment this year, noting a .03 percent decline for 2001 but a 2.0 percent increase for 2002.
Contact: George McCrory, UI News Service, 319-384-0012