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You don’t have to be unemployed to use the services provided by Iowa Workforce Development. Iowa Workforce Development will contribute to Iowa's economic growth by providing quality customer-driven services that support prosperity, productivity, health and safety for Iowans.

Services for IowaWORKS customers in the six county area of Region 8 (Audubon, Carroll, Crawford, Greene, Guthrie and Sac) include:

  • Jobs - IWD staff matches job seekers against the employment needs of prospective employers, and makes appropriate referrals. No fees are charged. Jobs listed with IWD are posted in local offices, and on several Internet sites: Iowa Jobs and US.jobs.

  • Career and Employment Fairs - Career and employment fairs in Region 8 are usually held in the spring and offer employers and job seekers the opportunity to interact at a single location.

  • Unemployment - Two new options for filing unemployment are now available. Customers can now file for benefits on their home computer through the Internet or from computers in the IWD offices through the Intranet.  Click on the following link for information on filing and eligibility. Unemployment Insurance  Customers may also file by calling the Unemployment Insurance Service Center in Des Moines toll-free at (877) 891-5344.  Lastly, all Region 8 offices take claims for unemployment but may limit the claim-taking to certain days and hours.  Please call your local office for further information on days and hours. 

  • Resource Centers - IWD has PCs available to the public at all permanent locations for use in developing résumés, doing career exploration, and taking typing tests and tutorials. A number of Internet-based job seeking tools are available, as well as access to employer Web sites and IWD job postings. We also have a number of brochures and pamphlets. There is no cost for any of these services. 

  • Testing Services - Applying for a job that requires 65 words per minute typing speed? IWD staff can administer – at no charge to you – proficiency tests for typing, 10-key and spelling.

  • Worker Profiling and Reemployment Services -  Worker Profiling and Reemployment Services is designed to help persons identified as being at risk for long-term unemployment insurance eligibility to return to the workforce as quickly as possible. Identified claimants receive services in Carroll.

  • Tax Credits - The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) and Welfare to Work Tax Credit (WtWTC) offers employers federal income tax credits if they hire persons from certain qualified groups, such as low income or disabled persons. IWD staff can determine if you qualify for this hiring incentive.

  • 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. 

  • Skills Identification -  IWD has access to several available tools for assisting job seekers who want to identify skills, abilities and interest for employment, including the “Choices” software program.

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

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

  • PROMISE JOBS - PROMISE JOBS is Iowa’s program to help Family Investment Program (FIP) recipients receive job and training information and assistance to become self-sufficient.

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