Duluth Workforce Development

Duluth Workforce Development


  • To maintain the health and safety of clients and staff, City of Duluth Workforce Development staff will be working remotely starting March 18th and eliminating in-person appointments.  DWD staff will be monitoring their email and phone messages daily.
  • Staff from other agencies housed within CareerForce will also be moving away from in-person appointments, and many will be working from home.
  • CareerForce remains open to the public at this time with some changes to services:
    • In-person workshops are cancelled.  CareerForce is exploring virtual options for job search assistance and will announce as soon as available.
    • Career Lab computers are available for unemployment insurance applications, job search, job applications, resume writing, and other employment-related uses. 
    • Use of the Career Lab will be limited to five people at a time, and time limits will be placed on computer use.
    • People are asked to wash their hands before using a Career Lab computer.
  • Workers’ whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19 can find more information here:  https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/workers/
  • Employers who have questions about the impact of COVID-19 on their business can find more information here:  https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/employers/
  • Apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits here:  https://www.uimn.org/
  • Phone lines are open and will be answered as soon as possible.  Call your CareerForce employment counselor or the front desk with questions: 218-302-8400
  • Please be mindful of others and stay home if you are sick, practice physical distancing when in public, and wash your hands.


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 a strategic plan, which can be viewed here.

Services to Career Seekers 

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.

At CareerForce in Duluth and on CareerForceMN.com, employers and customers can access many innovative programs and service at no cost.


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 8:00am-4:30pm.

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.


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

Learn more at CareerForceMN.com