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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's Unemployment Rate at 3.8 Percent in July

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 3.8 percent in July from 3.7 percent in June. The state’s jobless rate was 4.3 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate remained at 5.3 percent in July.

State Workforce Board Meeting: Thursday, August 20, 2015

The State Workforce Board Meeting will be held Thursday, August 20, 2015.

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.7 Percent

“For the fourth time this year, the unemployment rate is down,” said Beth Townsend, director of Iowa Workforce Development. “As the low unemployment trend continues, encouraging gains are being seen in the retail sector; the business establishment survey added 3,000 retail jobs this month.”

Iowa Workforce Development Launches New Website with Enhanced Features

Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) recently unveiled a new functional and easy to navigate website. The new website link will be www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov.