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Initial jobless claims in Iowa down 5% last week; $13M in benefits paid

Continuing claims for the week were 40,186, an increase of 2,646 (7.05%) from the previous week.

4,846 initial unemployment claims were filed last week in Iowa, a decrease of 283 (5.52%) from the previous week.

4,380 initial claims for the week of March 21-27 were by people who work and live in Iowa, and 466 were by individuals who work in Iowa but live outside the state.

"For the week ending March 27, 2021, nearly 52.0% of claimants indicated their claims were not COVID-19 related, which is a decrease from 57.1% the previous week," Iowa Workforce Development said in a release.

719,000 Americans filed for unemployment last week.

$13,287,062.58 in unemployment insurance benefits were paid out in the state last week, a weekly decrease of $48,117.63 (0.36%).

Continuing claims for the week were 40,186, an increase of 2,646 (7.05%) from the previous week.

IWD said the following industries had the most claims:

  • Industry Not Available - Self-employed, Independent Contractors, etc (988)  
  • Manufacturing (793)  
  • Construction (400)  
  • Retail Trade (377)  
  • Accommodation & Food Services (359)  

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Additional data released for last week:

  • $22,410,300 in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefits paid, which include retroactive payments and reauthorized payments that went into effect on Dec. 27, 2020. Since April 4, 2020, a total of $1,880,672,833 in FPUC benefits has been paid.
  • $3,359,011 paid in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits. Since April 13, 2020, a total of $225,175,149.54 in PUA benefits has been paid.  
  • $9,755,974.08 paid in Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits. Since May 27, 2020, a total of $296,263,168.50 in PEUC benefits have been paid.    

The Associated Press contributed to this report