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First Future Ready Iowa Alliance Meeting Brings Together Leaders from Across Iowa to Address Skills Gap

The initial meeting of the Future Ready Iowa Alliance took place today in Des Moines. Business, community, government, workforce leaders, elected officials and educators are beginning work to create a blueprint for Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds’s Future Ready Iowa initiative.

Iowa Workforce Development names Myron Linn as new Deputy Director

IWD Director Beth Townsend said, “I am excited to announce that Myron Linn is coming to Iowa Workforce Development as our new deputy director. Myron’s relationships within the business community and long work with members of the Iowa legislature make him uniquely positioned to hit the ground running and be successful in this position. He is a dynamic leader whose business and government affairs experience will be a force multiplier to the work already being done at IWD to bridge the middle skills gap and make sure our policy agenda aligns in providing opportunities for employers and job seekers.” 

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.