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Iowa's Unemployment Rate Remains at 4.2 Percent in September
Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 4.2 percent in September. The state’s jobless rate was 3.6 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate increased slightly to 5.0 percent in September.
Iowa receives $1.8 million grant to expand Registered Apprenticeship opportunities
Iowa is one of 36 states to receive grant funding, in the amount of $1.8 million, that will result in new apprenticeships created in diverse industries, including health care, advanced manufacturing, and information technology. The Innovative Opportunities with Apprenticeships (IOWA) project will employ extensive outreach and education efforts to further integrate expanded apprenticeships into the current workforce model.
Iowa Workforce Development Receives $1.1 Million Grant to Integrate Workforce Systems
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) a $1.1 million grant to improve data systems to make it easier for Iowans to find jobs.
The Reemployment & Systems Integration National Dislocated Worker grant will be used to support and improve connectivity among existing workforce programs.
IWD Director Beth Townsend Named Vice Chair of Veterans Affairs Committee for National Workforce Agency
Beth Townsend, director of Iowa Workforce Development, has been named vice chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee for the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA).