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Latest News Releases and Announcements

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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).

Minimum Earnings to Qualify for a Second Benefit Year will be Changing

Beginning July 2, 2017, the law establishing the minimum earnings to qualify for a second benefit year will be changing.  You will need to earn at least eight times your weekly benefit amount of your previous benefit year in order to qualify for a new claim year.  This new requirement is in addition to normal unemployment claim filing requirements.

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.

IowaWORKS Central Iowa 2017 Annual Career Fair

Central Iowa job seekers are invited to attend  a career fair on Wednesday, May 17, at Ankeny DMACC Campus in the FFA Enrichment Center. Held by IowaWORKS Central Iowa, the fair will offer Veterans exclusive access from 12:30 – 1 p.m. and all other attendees are welcome to participate from 1 – 5 p.m. This event is free to the public.