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Iowa Workforce Development is much more than just the “unemployment office.” The mission of Iowa Workforce Development is "Iowa Workforce Development will provide quality, customer-driven services that support prosperity, productivity, health and safety for Iowans."

Services for employers in Regions 3 & 4 include:

  • Recruiting - IWD staff seeks to match job seekers against the employment needs of prospective employers, and to make appropriate referrals. No fees are charged. Jobs listed with IWD are posted on several Internet sites: Iowa Jobs, US.jobs and on the "Local Job Opportunities" section of this website. Smart Career Move is for jobs paying a minimum of $30,000 per year.

  • Outreach - Regions 3 and 4 provide area employers assistance with recruitment needs, coordination of large-scale recruitment such as career and employment fairs, and marketing of IWD products and services.

  • Career and Employment Fairs - Annual career and employment fairs are held in both Regions 3 and 4, offering employers and job seekers the opportunity to interact at a single location.  Employers are charged a nominal fee to cover advertising costs.

  • Testing Services - Planning on hiring a new secretary who must be able to type 65 words per minute? IWD staff can administer – at no charge to the employer or job seeker – proficiency tests for typing, 10 key and spelling.

  • OPACŪ The Office Proficiency Assessment and Certification System (OPAC) is the premier PC and office skills testing suite.  With an array of over 30 tests the OPAC System is the perfect tool to measure job applicant PC and office skills.

  • Reverse Referrals - This service directs all interested job seekers to apply for openings at the IWD offices, freeing the employer’s time for other tasks.

  • Work Keys & NCRC - A system developed by American College Testing (ACT) for documenting and improving work place skills. Work Keys is implemented in three steps: Job Profiling, Assessments, and Training Targets. Work Keys allows employers to screen employees with needed skills, determine training needs of entry level and current employees, and provide schools with information on how to prepare students for the workplace.  The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is the work-related skills credential. The certificate provides fair and objective measurement of workplace skills that can be accepted nationwide.

  • Tax Credits - The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) and Welfare to Work Tax Credit (WtWTC) offers employers federal income tax credit if they hire persons from certain qualified groups, such as the low income or disabled. 

  • Labor Market Information - Current Labor Market Information is available on various economic trends and occupations, including data on prevailing wage rates and projected job outlooks. 

  • Free Space - Want to interview or test prospective applicants away from your office? IWD offers free meeting rooms to employers for job interviews (when available) and Resource Center space for employers to display and distribute job information.

  • Employers' Council of Iowa - This group of local employers holds regular meetings to discuss common concerns and to sponsor seminars on topics of interest.

  • Child Labor Forms - IWD staff authorizes Work Permits/Certificates of Age to young people seeking to enter the job market. Anyone who is less than age 18 and planning to go to work must secure this verification that they are old enough for the job in question, and that the job is safe for them to perform.

  • Business Closings/Downsizing - Should your business experience closing or restructuring, IWD staff and its partners are ready to help employees make the transition to other employment. Laid-off workers are provided access to services, including financial support and training.

  • Tax Liability Information -  IWD tax liability specialists are housed in Spencer and LeMars to work with new and existing employer accounts. Businesses located in Clay, Dickinson, O’Brien and Osceola counties should call Deb Schloss at (712) 262-1971 extension 129 Monday through Thursday. Maria Hobbs covers both Sioux and Lyon counties, and can be reached at (712) 233-9046.  A listing of field auditors by zip code can be accessed on the web.  The toll-free number in Des Moines is 1 (800) 972-2024.

  • Unemployment Insurance Tax Forms and Publications - A number of commonly required or requested forms are available on-line.

  • Unemployment Insurance Fraud - Iowa Workforce Development's fraud detection program attempts to prevent and detect unemployment benefits paid to claimants through willful misrepresentation or error by the claimant, through IWD error, or misrepresentation by others.  Better detection and prevention of improper unemployment insurance benefit payments results in a decrease in benefits payouts, which in turn decreases employer taxes.  If you have any questions or suspect someone is fraudulently claiming job insurance benefits, contact our office.

  • Job Club - This series of workshops is available for job seekers, dislocated workers, students, and other customers interested in updating their job seeking skills, deciding on a career, going back to school, budgeting, etc. There is no cost to attend any of these workshops.  For more information on class schedules, or to pre-register, contact your local Iowa Workforce Development office.

  • Iowa Works - Iowa Workforce Development has a new one-stop resource for Iowa businesses to find workforce information and solutions.  Businesses can use Iowa Works  to submit job openings electronically, find the average wage paid for Iowa occupations, print posters required for Iowa workplaces, link their website to our Business Directory, and more.

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