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Iowa Economy Gains 5,100 Jobs in June

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.0 percent in June from 3.9 percent in May. The state’s jobless rate was 3.6 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate rose to 4.9 percent in June compared to 4.7 percent in May.

Iowans Encouraged to File Unemployment Claims Online

Iowans filing continuing unemployment claims are encouraged to complete the process online rather than over the phone. Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) Unemployment Insurance (UI) Division is phasing out the telephone option and asking Iowans to file online. The phone option will no longer be available starting October 1, 2016.

Walmart Foundation Grant Gives Iowa Women Chance to try Construction, with the Goal of a Job and Higher Pay

Iowa Workforce Development, IowaWORKS and Hawkeye Community College are using a Walmart Foundation Grant in the amount of $75,000 to introduce low-income Iowa women to jobs in construction. According to the latest PROMISE JOBS Employment and Wage Report, construction is the second highest paying industry for men engaged in the PROMISE JOBS* program. However, a demographic breakdown, by gender, of individuals working in this occupation indicates that females represent only 2.3 percent of the workforce. Data also indicates this is an industry showing growth in projected openings and wages. Specifically for Heavy Equipment Operators, the average hourly wage in Central Iowa is $23.48 per hour.

You’re Hired! One Door—Many Paths Career Fair attracts hundreds of job seekers to Prairie Meadows Conference Center

More than 60 employers participated in the one day Career Fair which featured jobs in the six major workforce sectors: financial, advanced manufacturing, health care, information technology, skilled trades and logistics.

For job seekers who did not have access to reliable transportation, Prairie Meadows and the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) teamed up to provide transportation and shuttle services to job seekers.