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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.

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.

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.

Workers' Memorial Day Honors Iowans Who Lost Their Lives in the Workplace

Iowans will gather to pay tribute and reflect upon Iowa workers who lost their lives while working during the annual Workers' Memorial Day ceremony on Friday, April 28 at 11 am. The ceremony will be held at the State Capitol, West Terrace lawn. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Wallace Building Auditorium 502 E. 9th St. in Des Moines.