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Information about Iowa Workforce Development.

Learning opportunities on coursera

Access FREE online courses with Iowa Workforce Development and Coursera. Register and enroll in courses by September 30, 2020 and complete those courses by December 31, 2020 at no cost to you. 

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FREE Digital kickstart courses

Take FREE Digital Kickstart classes through Kirkwood Community College. Classes start in July and August. 

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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.

  • As learning moves to virtual classrooms amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic, one Future Ready Iowa Program is uniquely equipped to help students navigate their courses and future careers. The FRI Virtual Mentoring program connects Last-Dollar Scholarship students with mentors in their chosen fields.  For more about the program, click this link:


    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.

  • The Iowa Restaurant Association recently was awarded $50,000 from the Future Ready Iowa Employer Innovation Fund. The Association's ProStart program helps place aspiring chefs into kitchens around the state for training and mentoring. The funding helps them put on a massive statewide cooking competition that pits teams of high school chefs against each other...and the clock.

  • Virtual Mentoring helps students connect during COVID-19
  • 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
  • Employer Innovation Fund Helps High School Students Compete in the Kitchen

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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