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Initial jobless claims in Iowa up 47% last week

Continuing claims for the week were 38,642, a decrease of 1,015 (2.56%).

IOWA, USA — 6,770 initial unemployment claims were filed last week in Iowa, an increase of 2,168 (47.11%) from the previous week.

5,877 initial claims for the week of March 28-April 3 were by people who work and live in Iowa, and 893 were by individuals who work in Iowa but live outside the state.

"For the week ending April, 2021, nearly 50.9% of claimants indicated their claims were not COVID-19 related, which is a decrease from 52.0% the previous week," Iowa Workforce Development said in a release.

744,000 Americans filed for unemployment last week.

$12,689,851.84 in unemployment insurance benefits were paid out in the state last week, a weekly decrease of $597,210.74 (4.49%).

Continuing claims for the week were 38,642, a decrease of 1,015 (2.56%).

IWD said the following industries had the most claims:

  • Industry Not Available - Self-employed, Independent Contractors, etc. (1,950) 
  • Manufacturing (974) 
  • Construction (407)  
  • Accommodation & Food Services (404)   
  • Retail Trade (395) 

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Additional data released for last week:

  • $21,087,300 in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefits was paid, which include retroactive payments and reauthorized payments that went into effect on Dec. 27, 2020.  Since April 4, 2020, a total of $1,901,760,133 in FPUC benefits has been paid.    
  • $3,377,935 paid in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits. Since April 13, 2020, a total of $228,553,084.54 in PUA benefits has been paid.  
  •  $8,571,412.25 paid in Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits. Since May 27, 2020, a total of $304,834,580.75 in PEUC benefits have been paid.    

The Associated Press contributed to this report