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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 Drops to 3.7 Percent in August

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased slightly to 3.7 percent in August from 3.8 percent in July. The state’s jobless rate was 4.3 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 5.1 percent in August.

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Employer Unemployment Insurance Tax Table Changes

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.

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.