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Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) is the state agency working to help improve all aspects of Iowa's workforce. To achieve that goal, IWD utilizes a variety of partnerships and initiatives.

IWD’s guiding principles are intended to demonstrate our commitment to the state of Iowa, our customers, and our employees. By striving to be a high performance workplace, we intend to set the standard for other employers in Iowa to follow. 


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News Archive

Iowa Workforce Development Selects Courtney Maxwell Greene as New Communications Director

IWD Director Beth Townsend said, “IWD is working hard with our business, education, and community partners to find and prepare workers to meet an ever increasing need for skilled employees within the State of Iowa. In addition, new initiatives will require strategic and targeted communications and Courtney Maxwell Greene emerged as a communicator with the experience, skill-set and vision to move our communication efforts forward.”

Iowa Workforce Development Announces Emily Chafa Promoted to Appeals Division Manager

Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) announced today that Emily Chafa has been promoted to UI Appeals Division Manager with IWD, Unemployment Insurance Appeals Bureau. In her position, Ms. Chafa will oversee 15 administrative law judges, who hear and decide administrative appeals regarding unemployment insurance benefits, along with their support staff.

Iowan's Jobless and Injury Benefits Increase

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 $42,327.64 in 2014, up from $40,883.90 the previous year.

Iowa Unemployment Rate Remains at 3.8 Percent

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 3.8 percent in May, but was down from the May 2014 rate of 4.4 percent.