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2017-04-21
Iowa's Unemployment Rate Decreases Slightly to 3.1 Percent in March

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased slightly to 3.1 percent in March. The state’s jobless rate was 3.8 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent in March.

2017-04-21
Workers' Memorial Day Honors Iowans Who Lost Their Lives in the Workplace

Iowans will gather to pay tribute and reflect upon Iowa workers who lost their lives while working during the annual Workers' Memorial Day ceremony on Friday, April 28 at 11 am. The ceremony will be held at the State Capitol, West Terrace lawn. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Wallace Building Auditorium 502 E. 9th St. in Des Moines.

2017-04-20
Tama County Residents Gather to Share Opinions, Experiences with Minority Unemployment and Outreach Standing Committee Members During Listening Tour Session at Meskwaki

Tama, Iowa - Community members and leaders gathered Wednesday morning at the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel Conference Center to share their insights and perspectives regarding minority unemployment at the second listening tour held by the Minority Unemployment and Outreach Standing Committee.

“The opportunity to hear directly from community members about steps we can take together to solve this issue is an important first step,” said Beth Townsend, Director of Iowa Workforce Development. “Every event allows us to hear unique perspectives and ideas. I strongly encourage Iowans to attend a future listening tour and to be part of the solution to this very important issue.”

2017-04-17
New Law Changes Iowa Workforce Development Board Structure

DES MOINES, IA – Governor Terry Branstad signed into law on Thursday House File 572, which changes the membership structure of the Iowa Workforce Development Board.