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Initial Iowa unemployment claims down 44% last week

$8,661,749.66 in unemployment insurance benefits were paid out in the state last week, a weekly decrease of $1,578,801.37 (15.42%).

IOWA, USA — 3,893 initial unemployment claims were filed last week in Iowa, a decrease of 3,088 (44.23%) from the previous week.

3,494 initial claims for the week of April 18-24 were by people who work and live in Iowa, and 399 were by individuals who work in Iowa but live outside the state.

"For the week ending April 24, 2021, nearly 50.7% of claimants indicated their claims were not COVID-19 related, which is an increase from 41.5% the previous week," Iowa Workforce Development said in a release.

553,000 Americans filed for unemployment last week.

$8,661,749.66 in unemployment insurance benefits were paid out in the state last week, a weekly decrease of $1,578,801.37 (15.42%).

Continuing claims for the week were 31,149, a decrease of 1,801 (5.47%).

IWD said the following areas had the most claims:

  • Manufacturing (651) 
  • Industry Not Available - Self-employed, Independent Contractors, etc. (617) 
  • Health Care & Social Assistance (317) 
  • Retail Trade (306) 
  • Construction (263)

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Additional data released for last week:

  • $17,045,400 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 $1,956,346,333 in FPUC benefits has been paid.
  • $2,752,070 paid in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits. Since April 13, 2020, a total of $238,384,426.54 in PUA benefits has been paid.    
  • $7,879,401.24 in Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits paid. Since May 27, 2020, a total of $328,906,940.07 in PEUC benefits have been paid.    

The Associated Press contributed to this report