DES MOINES, IOWA (August 31, 2021) — Governor Kim Reynolds has announced that unemployment insurance tax-rates for Iowa employers will remain unchanged for 2022. For the fifth consecutive year, the tax-rates used to fund unemployment benefits will be the second-lowest allowed by law.

DES MOINES, IOWA (August 20, 2021) — Iowa’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.1 percent in July 2021 from 4.0 percent in June 2021. The state’s jobless rate was 6.1 percent one year ago. The total number of working Iowans increased to 1,593,600 in July of 2021, which is 55,400 higher than July 2020 and 5,700 more than June of 2021.

DES MOINES, IOWA (August 12, 2021) — Iowa Workforce Development will take to the Iowa State Fairgrounds this week to talk with job-seekers and employers from across the state and provide critical resources that are helping Iowans re-enter the workforce.

DES MOINES, IOWA (July 16, 2021) — Iowa’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.0 percent in June 2021 from 3.9 percent in May 2021. The state’s jobless rate was 7.1 percent one year ago. The total number of working Iowans increased to 1,587,800 in June of 2021, which is 59,300 higher than June 2020 and 3,800 more than May of 2021. In addition to 3,800 newly-employed Iowans, the number of unemployed Iowans looking for work rose by 2,400, resulti

DES MOINES, IOWA (July 1, 2021) — Iowa Workforce Development has announced there will be an increase to the amount of maximum weekly benefits paid to unemployed Iowans and to workers injured on the job beginning July 4, 2021. A statutorily-required annual review of wages covered by unemployment insurance has triggered the increase. The average annual wage for insured Iowa workers increased to $52,130.71 in 2020, up from $48,455.86 in 2019.

DES MOINES, IOWA (June 18, 2021) The Master Builders of Iowa (MBI) has announced the release of this year’s RFP for the MBI-WORKS Endowment that is available to eligible schools and non-profit programs. The open period for accepting applications will run from today through September 3, 2021.

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 26, 2021) — It has come to Iowa Workforce Development’s attention that a fraudulent website that mirrors IWD’s claims portal is attempting to collect personal information from Iowans. As a reminder, customers applying for unemployment insurance benefits should only file an application through the official IWD website: 

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 21, 2021) Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 3.8 percent from 3.7 percent in March.

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 13, 2021) — The number of initial unemployment claims in Iowa, filed between Sunday, May 2, and Saturday, May 8, was 3,649, an increase of 504 from last week’s adjusted numbers.

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 11, 2021) — Governor Kim Reynolds announced new measures to address the State of Iowa’s severe workforce shortage. Effective June 12, 2021, the State of Iowa will end its participation in federal pandemic-related unemployment benefit programs. The Governor also announced that effective June 13, 2021, Iowa will no longer waive employer charges for COVID-related unemployment insurance claims.