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Rural Iowa workers lose in state plan to consolidate workforce regions, local leaders say


Des Moines Register: Leaders representing half of Iowa’s 99 counties lodged a federal protest last month to the state’s plan to cut unemployment service regions by nearly two-thirds. The local officials, many of whom are county supervisors, worry that consolidation will lead to fewer Iowa Workforce Development offices, continuing a decade of cuts that have shrunk services for unemployed workers. The state agency says Iowa risks losing $12 million in federal funding if it doesn’t cut the number of service regions, based on a 2017 U.S. Department of Labor review of Iowa’s program.

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