Welcome to Iowa Workforce Development!
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.
Latest News Releases and Announcements
State Unemployment Rate Increases to 3.9 Percent in April
Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 3.9 percent in April from 3.8 percent in March. The state’s jobless rate was 3.7 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate remained at 5.0 percent in April.
Creston Local Office Temporarily Relocated Due to Water Damage
The IowaWORKS office located in Creston at 215 N. Elm Street will be temporarily relocating due to standing water damage. Staff and services will remain in their temporary location at Southwestern Community College through Friday, May 27, 2016. The office will be closed Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day. Staff anticipates being back at their regular office location on Monday, May 23, 2016.
IWD Director Townsend Presents at the Governor's 2016 Future Ready Iowa Summit
As Director Townsend traveled across the state and met with employers from a wide range of industries, she consistently heard about the shortage of candidates with the right skills to fill their jobs. Closing the skills gap is a real problem needing to be solved. Critical action is needed to help today’s students prepare for the jobs needed tomorrow. It’s also crucial for employers to stretch beyond traditional pathways to find and develop the talent needed for them to prosper.
Iowa's Unemployment Rate Increases to 3.8 Percent in March
Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 3.8 percent in March from 3.7 percent in February. The state’s jobless rate was 3.7 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate increased to 5.0 percent in March.