New program aims to combat high unemployment in the Dubuque region

DUBUQUE, Iowa- A new Greater Dubuque Development Corporation and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) initiative will provide solutions to high unemployment in the Dubuque region resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative builds upon the successes created through the Opportunity Dubuque partnership by focusing on essential employment skills training for individuals. The two organizations, with the support of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, Dubuque Works, the City of Dubuque and the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors, developed Opportunity Dubuque in 2012. To date, the effort has trained nearly 700 people in advanced manufacturing, health care, transportation, construction and other careers, with an employment rate of 95 percent. There are currently 1,760 job openings on AccessDubuqueJobs.com, and officials said filling these jobs will be key to getting the local economy back on track as the area recovers from steep unemployment, according to a news release.