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Steps to get Iowa jobless benefits changing


DES MOINES --- Changes to Iowa’s unemployment process --- including a doubling of the number of work searches a person must make in order to qualify for benefits --- will go into effect Jan. 9, the state announced Monday. Gov. Kim Reynolds had previously announced changes were coming, which she and Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend say were crafted to get unemployed Iowans back to work faster.

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Could apprentices help solve shortage of CNAs locally?


The staff shortage within the health care industry — exacerbated by factors from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — has hospitals and other health care organizations using new methods to recruit and retain medical professionals. In some cases, that includes hiring candidates before they’ve even completed their medical training.

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Flexibility is key for 2022, Gazette panelists say


Maintaining productivity through a pandemic and a derecho and a major movement for social justice — as well as operational success, not to mention continued hiring and retention — over the past 20 months have had a direct, permanent impact on how organizations function.

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4.4 million Americans quit jobs in September


Americans left their jobs at a record level for the second straight month in September — in many cases for more money elsewhere as companies bump up pay to fill job openings that are close to an all-time high. The U.S. Department of Labor said Friday 4.4 million people quit their jobs in September, or about 3 percent of the nation's workforce. That's up from 4.3 million in August and far above the pre-pandemic level of 3.6 million.

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