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2017-06-23
Iowan's Jobless and Injury Benefits Increase

Maximum weekly benefits paid to jobless Iowans and to workers injured on the job will increase July 2, 2017, announced Iowa Workforce Development.

The rise in benefits was triggered by an increase in wages covered by unemployment insurance. The average annual wage for insured Iowa workers increased to $44,722.93 in 2016, up from $43,878.12 the previous year.

The new benefit payment schedules will apply to people who file new unemployment insurance claims on or after July 2, 2017, and to workers who are injured on or after July 2, 2017.

2017-06-16
Iowa Adds 5,500 Jobs in May

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 3.1 percent for the third straight month. The state’s jobless rate was 3.8 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in May.

2017-05-26
IWD Director Beth Townsend Named Chair of Veterans Affairs Committee for National Workforce Agency

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

2017-05-19
Iowa's Unemployment Rate Remains at 3.1 Percent

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 3.1 percent in April. The state’s jobless rate was 3.8 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent in April.