Duluth Workforce Development

Duluth Workforce Development

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The City’s Duluth Workforce Development (DWD) Department has been serving the Duluth community since 1968 with quality employment and training services.  As a partner in CareerForce, we are a key part of Minnesota’s career development and talent matching resource offering a variety of programs and services to career seekers and employers.

Our work is guided by our Local & Regional Strategic Plan

Services to Career Seekers 

We are here to help you discover all that you have to offer, and connect you with training and employment that aligns with your interests, skills and abilities.  At CareerForce in Duluth and on CareerForceMN.com, employers and customers can access many innovative programs and services at no cost.

DWD administers a number of employment, training and career development programs supported by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) including Adult Career Services, Dislocated Worker and Youth and Young Adult programs.  In that role, the City of Duluth is recognized as one of sixteen (16) Local Workforce Development Areas (LWDA) in Minnesota with the Duluth Workforce Development Board (DWDB) providing oversight.

DWD also supports Older Workers  and provides services to recipients of Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) and related assistance programs to help individuals find employment and achieve self-sufficiency.


Everyone is welcome at CareerForce Duluth.  Our Career Lab offers drop-in assistance with resumes and job search, as well as free job search workshops, computer classes, and on-site hiring events.  The Career Lab is open Monday-Friday from 10:00am-4:00pm.

Eligibility factors apply to our more intensive program services provided by DWD staff and partner organizations housed at CareerForce Duluth.  More information is available through the program links on this page and at CareerForce in Duluth

Current or former military members, no matter the era of service, receive priority services in all CareerForce locations across the state.  These services are provided by specially trained veteran’s employment representatives. Click here for more information about Veteran’s Services.

Individuals with disabilities may be eligible for assistance through Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) or State Services for the Blind (SSB), located at CareerForce Duluth.  Click here to learn more about SSB.  More information about VRS and support for individuals with disabilities can be found here.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and Program Provider.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations to access CareerForce services should call 218-302-8400.

The information provided here can be made available in alternate formats by request by contacting 218-302-8400.

These programs are supported by the US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (DOL/ETA) as part of an award totaling $548,255 with 0% financed with non-governmental sources.


Duluth Workforce Development is a leader in Minnesota’s CareerForce System.

Learn more at CareerForceMN.com