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Welcome to the Official Web Site for Duluth Workforce Development


This web site is provided by the City of Duluth, Minnesota, Duluth Workforce Development.  The office provides a number of employment, job training, and career assistance programs for individuals who are out of work or who have suffered job loss for a variety of reasons.  It also provides information for employers who may be considering employing individuals who have participated in these programs.

Note:  This office and this web site 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 web site regarding Unemployment Benefits.

The programs and services of Duluth Workforce Development are free of cost to all participants. 

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Please read below to determine which program best serves your needs, and then click on the Program Title, the link provided, or select the appropriate item from the drop down list to the left, then click “Go.” 


The Y.E.S. Duluth program provides Education and Employment Services for youth 16-21 years of age. The program can provide to eligible applicants the following services: 

  • Individualized tutoring to help you achieve your GED or High School Diploma
  • Connections to employers for work experience opportunities
  • GED/High School Diploma
  • Funding for Training
  • Help with College enrollment
  • Gain work experience
  • Career Guidance
  • Job Search skills (Resume writing, Cover Letters, Interviewing, Follow-up)
  • GED payment vouchers
  • Clothing, gas vouchers, bus passes
  • Summer Jobs Program provides short-term summer employment to provide participants work experience opportunities with local employers.

For further information on this program, go to or click here.


The Senior Employment Program helps workers 55 or older build the experience and confidence they need to find permanent employment.  You may qualify if you are:

  • 55 or older
  • Income eligible
  • Unemployed and seeking employment
  • A resident of Duluth, MN
  • Veterans and their spouses are encouraged to apply

As a participant you can benefit from:

  • Paid training
  • Work experience
  • Extra Income

Senior Employment Program participants serve their communities while gaining valuable on-the-job training through paid temporary assignments with local non-profit and government organizations, including:

  • Schools
  • Libraries
  • Social service agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Senior centers
  • Museums

For further information on this program, go to

Workforce Investment Act - DWD Career Programs

Duluth Career Service provides Career Employment Services, which for eligible enrollees, offers assistance with:

  • Career Planning and related services
  • Job Search and related services
  • Job Training and related services
  • Job retention, follow-up, and related services.

Participants must be 18 years old or older, meet family income guidelines, be a U.S. Citizen or naturalized citizen or a legal alien with a permit to work in the United States.  Male participants born after 1960 must be in compliance with Military Selective Service requirements, and you need to have a willingness and ability to make a commitment to staying in regular contact with a Job Counselor while in the program.

For further information on this program, go to

Dislocated Worker Program

If you have lost a job through no fault of your own you may need some help returning to work.  The Dislocated Worker Program offers free services to help individuals find suitable re-employment -- and help take the stress and uncertainty out of the process. 

Services provided may include:

  • Career Planning and Counseling
  • Job Search and Placement Services
  • Counselor-approved Training

For further information on this program, go to

DWD Employment Programs - Employer Information

Employers in Duluth can find information about specific employment and training programs through this web site.  While this is a general information area, employers will find information for specific programs which will assist with their potential participation in these programs.  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.

Employers can send to Duluth Workforce Development URLs that are links to their company web sites, or send logos or other graphics which can then be used on our site as a placemark for your link.  Depending upon the program, there may also be employer tax credits offered for your participation.

To learn more, see this area of the web site.  You can also call us.  Contact information is below, and available through the navigation button bar on each specific program’s web site.

Duluth Workforce Development
402 W. First Street
Duluth MN 55802

(218) 730-5770
(218) 730-5952 FAX

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Calendar - Workshops, Important Dates

*NOTE:  Recommended Creative Job Search (CJS) Workshop Sequence

1 -- Transition/Job Search Preparation/Skills Identification
2 -- Skills & Interest Testing/Career Exploration
3 -- Internet Job Search Techniques/Minnesota Works
4 -- Networking & The Hidden Job Market
5 -- Beginning Resume & Interview Workshop
6 -- Resume Critique/Mock Interviews/Finishing Touches

*  See Calendar above for workshop dates and times

To view, save, or print the workshop listing, Select “Workshops” from the top Menu at left, or click here.


Site Last Updated on:  Sunday, August 26, 2012

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Video Credit:  Duluth Workforce Development Video produced and photographed by Jerry Bielicki.

This web site, is a service of Duluth Workforce Development.




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