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Workforce Development

Duluth Workforce Development

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The City’s Workforce Development Division has been serving the Duluth community since 1968 with quality employment and training services.  As a partner in the Duluth Workforce Center, staff specialize in providing individualized services to job seekers and employers alike. The Duluth Workforce Center is a proud partner of the American Job Center Network.


Services to Individuals 

Duluth Workforce Development (DWD) administers a number of employment, training and career development programs through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) including the Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth/Young Adult programs.  In that role, the City of Duluth is recognized as one of sixteen (16) Local Workforce Development Areas (LWDA) in Minnesota and the Duluth Workforce Development Board (DWDB) provides oversight.

  • To see Duluth’s state-approved WIOA plan documents, click on links below.

DWD also supports Older Workers through the Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP); provides services to recipients of Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) and related public assistance programs, under a contract with St. Louis County to help participants find employment, achieve self-sufficiency and move off of assistance and; provides enhanced services to in-school youth and laid off workers through grants awarded by the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).



Program eligibility requirements apply and services are provided at no-cost to participants. Current or former military members, no matter the era of service, receive priority services in all WorkForce Centers across the state and can be assisted by specially trained veteran’s employment representatives. Click here for information about Veteran’s Services.


Services to Employers

Employers in Duluth can also find information about employment and training programs through DWD.  There are specific benefits for employers who participate in various employment programs or hire individuals who have participated in them and are looking for employment.  Click here to learn about tax credits and incentives available to employers who hire workers from targeted groups, including certain veterans, low-income youth and adults, people with disabilities and others that consistently experience high rates of unemployment. 


NOTE:  The Duluth Workforce Center does not provide information or services related to applying for or receiving Unemployment Compensation Benefits.  If you need information on those services, please click here to be taken to the State of Minnesota Unemployment Insurance program regarding unemployment benefits.


Elena Foshay
402 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802


WorkForce Center      (218) 302-8400

Hours:  Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM



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