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Iowa's Unemployment Rate Remains at 4.2 Percent in September

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 4.2 percent in September. The state’s jobless rate was 3.6 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate increased slightly to 5.0 percent in September.

Iowa Workforce Development Receives $1.1 Million Grant to Integrate Workforce Systems

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) a $1.1 million grant to improve data systems to make it easier for Iowans to find jobs.

The Reemployment & Systems Integration National Dislocated Worker grant will be used to support and improve connectivity among existing workforce programs. 

IWD Director Beth Townsend Named Vice Chair of Veterans Affairs Committee for National Workforce Agency

Beth Townsend, director of Iowa Workforce Development, has been named vice chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee for the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA).

Automated Phone Option Phased out Oct. 1; File Unemployment Insurance Claims Online

DES MOINES, IA – Beginning October 1, 2016, Iowans filing continuing unemployment claims will complete the process online rather than over the phone. Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) Unemployment Insurance (UI) Division is phasing out the automated telephone option and asking Iowans to file online using a smart phone, tablet or computer. Iowans can also review their benefit status online.

Ryan West, UI Division Administrator, said he anticipates a smooth transition for the small number of individuals who file unemployment insurance benefits over the phone.