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Skills Training Available to Iowans

By |2014-07-17T14:51:33-06:00July 17th, 2014|Categories: Featured, Jobs & Economy, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Iowans looking to develop skills or a technical trade have additional opportunities after actions taken by the Iowa Legislature. The new opportunities are designed to address Iowa’s skilled worker shortage by streamlining the Iowa Jobs Training Program and expanding access to apprenticeship training throughout the state. A new Apprenticeship Training program will receive $3 million annually [...]

Memorial Day Honors Iowa Lives Lost in the Workplace

By |2012-04-25T09:19:00-06:00April 25th, 2012|Categories: Featured, Recent News|Tags: , |

This Memorial Day Iowans are invited gather to recognize those who have lost their lives in the workplace. This year’s ceremony to honor and reflect on those who have been injured or died in the workplace will take place at the Iowa Workforce Development, 1000 E. Grand Ave in Des Moines at 11:00am on May 28th. [...]

Unemployment rate drops again; Iowa’s economy continues to pick up steam

By |2012-01-24T11:08:52-06:00January 24th, 2012|Categories: Featured, Recent News|Tags: , |

Iowa's economy continued to pick up steam last month, as Iowa's unemployment rate dropped to 5.6%. Here's the release from Iowa Workforce Development: Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent in December, the lowest level reported since June 2009. The current rate compares with 5.7 percent for November, and 6.1 percent for December 2010. [...]

Iowa's Unemployment Rate Drops Below 6%

By |2011-12-20T12:42:22-06:00December 20th, 2011|Categories: Featured, Jobs & Economy, Recent News|Tags: , |

Iowa's unemployment rate fell to the lowest that it has been since September of  2009 according to Iowa Workforce Development. Unemployed Iowans  fell by 3,700, from 98,700 in October to  95,000 in November, marking the second consecutive month that unemployment has dropped by 100,000. Teresa Wahlert, director of Iowa Workforce Development said, “The large drop in [...]

Court Knocks Down Branstad Veto That Closed 36 Job Centers

By |2011-12-09T09:57:52-06:00December 9th, 2011|Categories: 2011 Session Information, Featured, Jobs & Economy, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Iowans looking for work won a big victory today when a district court ruled Governor Terry Branstad’s veto closing down 36 workforce centers across Iowa was unconstitutional. “After working together across party lines last session to make sure Iowans who need help finding a job could get it, I’m pleased the court overturned Governor Branstad’s veto [...]

Republicans Refuse Action To Keep Workforce Offices Open

By |2011-08-16T08:44:59-06:00August 16th, 2011|Categories: Featured, Jobs & Economy, Recent News|Tags: , |

Republicans in the Iowa Legislature have refused to help unemployed Iowans and struggling communities.  Democrats asked Republicans earlier this month to help request a special session to override Governor Branstad’s line-item veto of legislation prohibiting the closure of local Iowa Workforce Offices.  While all Democrats have signed the letter, not a single Republican in the House [...]

Democrats Push to Keep Workforce Centers Open to Help Unemployed Iowans

By |2011-08-01T11:06:02-06:00August 1st, 2011|Categories: Featured, Jobs & Economy, Recent News|Tags: , , , |

Following Governor Branstad’s veto of language protecting Iowa’s Workforce Development offices, Democrats announced  they will be signing a petition calling for a special session of the Iowa Legislature with the sole purpose of overriding the Governor’s veto in order to keep workforce centers open. Democrats are also reaching out to Republican colleagues to sign on as [...]

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