Iowa hospitals generate more than 132,000 jobs that add nearly $7.1 billion to the state's economy, according to a new report from the Iowa Hospital Association. Iowa hospitals directly employ 74,691 people and create another 57,586 jobs outside the hospital sector, the study found. As an income source, hospitals provide $4.8 billion in salaries and benefits and generate another $2.3 billion through other jobs that depend on hospitals. “In Iowa cities and counties, hospitals are uniformly among the largest employers,” said IHA President and CEO Kirk Norris. “Those jobs bring income to Main Street businesses and support local government services and infrastructure through taxes.” For more on the report, visit www.ihaonline.org.