Department of Workforce Development, Iowa

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The Department of Workforce Development is an agency in Iowa.

The Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) is the state's employment security agency and is responsible for the security of the state's workers businesses and communities. To this purpose, the IWD provides employment services, education and regulates health, safety and employment laws.

The agency is divided into the Labor Services Division, responsible for administering state and federal regulations for public health, safety and workplace issues; the Labor Market and Workforce Information Division, which oversees the development of workforce and economic information, such as economic conditions, industries, labor supply, occupations, and wages, in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor; the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Division, responsible for services to businesses and individuals through the collection of UI tax payments, processing of benefit payments, quality control and fraud detection; the Workers’ Compensation Division, responsible for adjudicating disputed workers’ compensation claims, enforcing compliance standards, and educating citizens about workers’ compensation law and procedures; and the Workforce Center Administration Division, which provides employment services, business services, training resources and targeted population activities.[1]

Budget

Financials are included in the agency's annual reports, but detailed budgets do not seem to be posted on the agency website. Budget information can be found on the State of Iowa website.[2]

Financial Summary

Object Category FY 2010 Actuals FY 2011 Current Year Budget Estimate FY 2012 Total Department Request FY 2012 Total Governor's Recommended FY 2013 Total Governor's Recommended
Resources
State Appropriations 24,869,277 24,005,538 25,140,549 22,645,067 22,645,067
Taxes 416,581,421 248,350,000 248,668,068 248,668,068 248,668,068
Receipts from Other Entities 1,404,299,824 556,509,475 541,951,668 541,951,668 541,951,668
Interest, Dividends, Bonds & Loans 1,358,196 399,324 400,549 400,549 400,549
Fees, Licenses & Permits 2,905,701 3,146,935 3,387,167 3,387,167 3,387,167
Refunds & Reimbursements 11,361,968 3,682,891 3,684,853 3,684,853 3,684,853
Miscellaneous 0 3,500 3,500 3,500 3,500
Beginning Balance and Adjustments 137,474,490 139,907,039 128,193,196 129,526,272 124,265,564
Total Resources 1,998,850,877 976,004,702 951,429,550 950,267,144 945,006,436
Expenditures
Personal Services 5,128,549 75,862,222 79,003,753 78,590,892 78,590,892
Travel & Subsistence 1,040,955 1,360,486 1,366,270 1,366,270 1,366,270
Supplies & Materials 2,414,559 24,823,142 21,146,265 21,144,807 21,144,807
Contractual Services and Transfers 465,882,802 332,182,789 3 17,319,996 316,168,617 316,168,617
Equipment & Repairs 3,000,938 4,206,355 2,946,905 2,948,793 2,948,793
Claims & Miscellaneous 122,110,945 52,326,132 49,045,102 49,141,230 49,141,230
Licenses, Permits, Refunds & Other 22,299,750 1,569,117 1,616,371 1,616,371 1,616,371
State Aid & Credits 1,169,140,175 347,288,187 348,524,600 348,524,600 348,524,600
Plant Improvements & Additions 0 (471,000) (471,000) (471,000) (471,000)
Budget Adjustments 0 0 483,727 0 0
Appropriation Transfer 594,166 0 0 0 0
Appropriations 3,650,000 7,331,000 6,971,000 6,971,000 6,971,000
Reversions 3,681,000 0 0 0 0
Balance Carry Forward 139,907,038 129,526,272 123,476,561 124,265,564 119,004,856
Total Expenditures 1,998,850,876 976,004,702 951,429,550 950,267,144 945,006,436

Appropriations from General Fund

Appropriations FY 2010 Actuals FY 2011 Current Year Budget Estimate FY 2012 Total Department Request FY 2012 Total Governor's Recommended FY 2013 Total Governor's Recommended
IWD Workers Comp Operations (GF) 2,595,768 2,412,540 2,595,768 2,267,788 2,267,788
IWD General Fund - Operations 3,395,440 3,139,752 3,495,440 2,951,367 2,951,367
Security Employee Training Program 13,033 12,711 13,033 11,948 11,948
Workforce Development Field Offices 10,795,474 10,326,640 11,293,047 9,707,042 9,707,042
Statewide Standard Skills Assessment (33,699) 0 0 0 0
Offender Reentry Program 322,261 302,621 322,261 284,464 284,464
Employee Misclassification 450,000 480,274 450,000 451,458 451,458
Total Iowa Workforce Development 17,538,277 16,674,538 18,169,549 15,674,067 15,674,067

Appropriations from Other Funds

Appropriations FY 2010 Actuals FY 2011 Current Year Budget Estimate FY 2012 Total Department Request FY 2012 Total Governor's Recommended FY 2013 Total Governor's Recommended
IWD Field Offices (UI Reserve Interest) 6,500,000 6,500,000 6,500,000 6,500,000 6,500,000
P & I Workers' Comp. Division 471,000 471,000 471,000 471,000 471,000
P & I Workforce Development Field Offices 360,000 360,000 0 0 0
Total Iowa Workforce Development 7,331,000 7,331,000 6,971,000 6,971,000 6,971,000

$884,959,568.00 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds was dedicated to the Workforce, including Employment Training Administration, Department Of Labor / Unemployment Insurance.[3]

Programs

Major programs and services administered by the agency include:[4]

  • Workforce Center Services (works with businesses to identify and hire employees, and assists workers with obtaining jobs)
  • Compliance Assistance and Enforcement (services to enhance the economic security, safety and health of Iowans)
  • Unemployment Insurance (benefits for persons who have lost their job through no fault of their own)
  • Workforce Information and Analysis (data for business, schools, individuals, economic developers, and government regarding careers, expansions, wage levels and more)
  • Adjudication, Compliance, and Education (adjudication of income support issues for workers who have been injured on the job and unemployment insurance appeals)
  • Support Services (internal support services for the department, such as human resources, finances and budget, and public relations)

The Unemployment Insurance division provides general information about UI and allows unemployed workers to file for benefits, make claims, and file appeals. The divisions also provides unemployment information for employers and provides necessary tax forms.[5]

The Youth For Iowa program provides students and youth with information about child labor laws, job safety, jobs and careers, labor market information, and education resources.[6]

The agency also provides job search resources for jobseekers and employment and referral services to eligible veterans.[7][8]

The agency also administers the state's worker's compensation benefits.[9]

Per the agency's 2010 Annual Report, the Unemployment Insurance Services provide a Work Share Program and an Employer Filed Claims program.[1]

The Work Share Program is an alternative to employee layoffs, which results in reduced hours and pay for employees and a portion of unemployment insurance benefits. Since the beginning of the recession, 85 employers have enrolled in the program and 9,081 employees have participated.

The Employer Filed Claims program allows employers to file unemployment insurance claims on behalf of employees being laid off. In 2010, 42 employers used the program and roughly 49,000 claims were filed.

The Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program allows for an extension of unemployment insurance benefits for up to 47 additional weeks once regular eligibility runs out. EUC payments were started in July 2008 and during 2010, 465.6 million was paid for 68,592 EUC claims.

The unemployment insurance system paid approximately 54% more benefits in 2010 than in 2009.

Unemployment Insurance Services category FY 2009 FY 2010
Regular UI $633,987,994 $708,673,924
Shared Work Program $4,198,022 $8,997,971
Emergency UI (Federal) $159,034,303 $465,595,122
Stimulus Payments (Federal) $31,783,718 $100,388,263
Total $829,004,037 $1,283,655,280

Further, in 2010, 200 employers misclassified 1,667 workers as “independent contractors” rather than “employees” and failed to report $27,912,071 in wages for unemployment tax purposes. This resulted in assessments of $1,405,800 in unpaid employment taxes, penalties and interest. State unemployment taxes due totaled $1,065,634 and state unemployment penalties/ interest due totaled $340,166.

Unemployment Insurance Claims For Iowa, per a May 20, 2011 press release, are as follows:[10]

Category April 2011 March 2011 April 2010  % Change from March 2011  % Change from April 2010
Initial claims 15,385 16,416 20,248 -6.3% -24.0%
Continued claims
Number of claimants 42,339 54,049 53,505 -21.7% -20.9%
Weeks paid 126,788 211,435 164,603 -40.0% -23.0%
Amount paid $38,014,738 $64,557,453 $49,539,065 -41.1% -23.3%

Leadership

The IWD was created in May 1996 to "streamline employment and training programs" and the Iowa Workforce Development Board was created to:develop and implement a 20-year workforce development plan; prepare a five-year strategic plan; develop departmental evaluation methods; establish guidelines for awarding grants; review awarded grants; recommend the department's use of federal funds; and adopt administrative rules as recommended by the agency's director. The Board is comprised of nine members.

Transparency

Division administrators and board members are listed, but contact information, term information, and biographies are not available for agency leadership.

Board meeting minutes are posted and upcoming meetings are announced.[11][12]

Annual Reports from 1999 through 2010 are posted.[13]

Public records request information is not posted.

Unemployment

According to department statistics, the Current Iowa Employment Situation is as follows:

Category April 2011 March 2011 April 2010
Labor Force 1,685,300 1,683,600 1,670,500
Unemployed 102,000 102,500 102,300
Rate (%) 6.0 6.1 6.1
Employment 1,583,400 1,581,100 1,568,200

The agency released a press release on May 20, 2011 reporting that the state's unemployment rate dropped in April from 6.1 percent to 6.0 percent, as compared to 6.1 percent in April 2010. The U.S. unemployment rate for April was at 9.0 percent.[10]

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