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Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.6 Percent in December

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 3.6 percent in December. The state’s jobless rate was 3.5 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate increased to 4.7 percent in December.

Branstad, Reynolds Announce Launch of Future Ready Iowa Website

Today, at the Administration’s weekly press conference, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the launch of the Future Ready Iowa website. The Future Ready Iowa website is a one-stop shop where students and adults can review and evaluate different career opportunities in Iowa and plan their path to landing a rewarding job. The website helps identify education and training needed as well as financial resources that may be available.

UI Payment Announcement

Payments for the week ending January 14, 2017 will be issued the evening of January 17, 2017 if you have reported your weekly continued claim. You will not be able to check the status of your UI claim for week ending January 14, 2017 until January 18, 2017.  

Future Ready Iowa Alliance Continues Momentum in 2017 to Address Iowa’s Skills Gap

Today, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Future Ready Iowa Alliance including business and community leaders, started off the New Year with a renewed focus on helping Iowans get necessary skills to meet employer needs in the 21st century economy.