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Information about Iowa Workforce Development.

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Lost Your Job?
Apply for Unemployment

Find out what you need to do and how to apply.

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File Your Weekly Unemployment Claim

Sunday: 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Voluntary Shared Work Program

Employers can learn more about the Voluntary Shared Work program, Iowa's version of Short Term Compensation.

VSW Information


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Open Doors with a Well-Written Resume

Visit an IowaWORKS Center for free help in creating a resume that will get you hired.


Locate a Center

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Need Help in Your Job Search?

IowaWORKS Centers are Located River to River and Border to Border.
Our talented and friendly staff are here to guide, encourage and empower you.

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Explore the job opportunities in Iowa

Set up an account on, Iowa's largest job bank.

A Better Job is in Your Future

Don't let barriers hold you back. Tap into Future Ready Iowa resources to help you bust through obstacles in your way.

2,000+ Iowa Businesses are Hiring Veterans

Connect with Iowa companies committed to hiring veterans.

Earn Great Money
Learn Valuable Skills

A Registered Apprenticeship is your ticket to a great future.

  • Hear from Iowans involved in Registered Apprenticeship programs across the state as we celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2020. Find out why a Registered Apprenticeship might be the right decision for you or your company.

  • There are over 100 Home Base Iowa Communities in the state. Their mission? Help veterans find careers as they return to civilian life. Why should your community become the next to join the fight to make Iowa the leading state for veterans?


    Governor Reynolds addresses situations when workers laid off due to COVID-19 are called back to their place of employment but refuse to return. Refusing to return to work may disqualify claimants from future unemployment insurance benefits.  (Video courtesy of Iowa PBS)

  • Although we may not be in our normal offices, we're always going to be committed to serving Iowans.

  • Looking for skilled workers? Inmates at the Anamosa State Penitentiary are getting upskilled in various industries as we speak. They recently had a chance to share their skills with employers at the Anamosa Employer and Reentry Roundtable event. Here is a glimpse behind the scenes as they train to return to the workforce.

  • Hear from Iowans as we celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2020
  • Home Base Iowa leaders discuss the benefits of becoming a Home Base Iowa Community
  • Workforce update from Governor Kim Reynolds on April 24, 2020
  • Although we may not be in our normal offices, we're always going to be committed to serving Iowans.
  • Imates at the Anamosa State Penitentiary are Upskilling as We Speak

Webinar Series: “Building a Future Ready Workforce”

Learn about programs and practices related to the development of Iowa’s skilled workforce.  

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