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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 the seven-county area of Region 5 (Buena Vista, Calhoun, Hamilton, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Webster and Wright) 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 in local offices, and on several Internet sites: IowaJobs and

  • Outreach - The Region 5 Business Services Representative will 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. Contact the Fort Dodge office at (515) 576-3131, or by e-mail.

  • Career and Employment Fairs - Annual career and employment fairs are held in Region 5, offering employers and job seekers the opportunity to interact at a single location. Please contact us for details.

  • Testing Services - Planning to hire 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 data entry. 

  • 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. 

  • WorkKeys® - A system developed by American College Testing (ACT) for documenting and improving workplace skills. WorkKeys® is implemented in three steps: job profiling, assessments, and training targets. WorkKeys® 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. 

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

  • 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 employers, known locally as the Employers Network Task Force, holds regular meetings to discuss common concerns and to sponsor seminars on topics of interest. 

  • Work Permits - IWD staff authorizes work permits and certificates of age for young people under 18 years of age seeking to enter the job market. 

  • 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 - Two IWD tax liability specialists are housed in Fort Dodge to work with new and existing employer accounts. Call them at (515) 576-0741, extensions 3 or 4, Monday through Thursday. 

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

  • Veterans Services - Our Veterans Services Representative can assist you with all levels of staffing needs through the use of a statewide database. They can also provide information concerning employment rules and regulations pertaining to veterans. 

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