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2017-06-16
Iowa Adds 5,500 Jobs in May

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 3.1 percent for the third straight month. The state’s jobless rate was 3.8 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in May.

2017-05-26
IWD Director Beth Townsend Named Chair of Veterans Affairs Committee for National Workforce Agency

Beth Townsend, Director of Iowa Workforce Development, has been appointed chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee for the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA).

2017-05-19
Iowa's Unemployment Rate Remains at 3.1 Percent

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 3.1 percent in April. The state’s jobless rate was 3.8 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent in April.

2017-05-19
Minimum Earnings to Qualify for a Second Benefit Year will be Changing

Beginning July 2, 2017, the law establishing the minimum earnings to qualify for a second benefit year will be changing.  You will need to earn at least eight times your weekly benefit amount of your previous benefit year in order to qualify for a new claim year.  This new requirement is in addition to normal unemployment claim filing requirements.