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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

Iowan's Jobless and Injury Benefits Increase

The rise in benefits was triggered by an increase in wages covered by unemployment insurance. The average annual wage for insured Iowa workers increased to $42,327.64 in 2014, up from $40,883.90 the previous year.

Iowa Unemployment Rate Remains at 3.8 Percent

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 3.8 percent in May, but was down from the May 2014 rate of 4.4 percent.

Iowa Workforce Development Receives $5.2 million Sector Partnership National Emergency Grant Partners with Iowa Central Community College to Assist Long-Term Unemployed Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded Iowa Workforce Development more than $5.2 million dollars to provide long-term unemployed workers with opportunities to transition to high demand jobs in healthcare, manufacturing, and other fields.

Iowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.8 Percent

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent in April from 4.0 percent in March. The state’s jobless rate was 4.4 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 5.4 percent in April.