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Iowa Workforce Development Unveils Mobile Option for Filing Weekly Unemployment Insurance Claims

Recent upgrades now allow Iowans to use a smart phone or tablet, in addition to a computer, to file weekly (continuing) unemployment insurance claims and review their benefit status online. Note: New or initial unemployment insurance claims must be filed on a computer, due to the number of questions and amount of information required to set up a new account.

Iowa's Unemployment Rate Trends Up to 4.2 Percent in August

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.2 percent in August from 4.1 percent in July. The state’s jobless rate was 3.6 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate remained at 4.9 percent in August.

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Employer Unemployment Insurance Tax Table for 2017

Iowa law requires Iowa Workforce Development establish the tax table that will be used to determine the unemployment tax rate for eligible employers each year. The unemployment insurance rate table trigger formula is primarily based on the trust fund balance, unemployment benefit payment history and covered wage growth. The formula is designed to enable the trust fund to keep pace with potential liabilities as covered employment and wages grow.

Final WIOA plan posted; public comment period open for 30 days

Today, Iowa Workforce Development (IWD), Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation, and Iowa Department for the Blind announced that the final Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified State plan is posted for public comment