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Initial jobless claims in Iowa drop 13% last week, continuing claims down nearly 10%

Continuing claims for the week were 34,116, a decrease of 3,756 (9.92%).

IOWA, USA — 5,279 initial unemployment claims were filed last week in Iowa, a decrease of 846 (13.81%) from the previous week.

4,829 initial claims for the week of April 4-10 were by people who work and live in Iowa, and 450 were by individuals who work in Iowa but live outside the state.

"For the week ending April 10, 2021, nearly 45.7% of claimants indicated their claims were not COVID-19 related, which is a decrease from 50.9% the previous week," Iowa Workforce Development said in a release.

576,000 Americans filed for unemployment last week, a drop of 193,000.

$10,366,140.06 in unemployment insurance benefits were paid out in the state last week, a weekly decrease of $2,323,711.78 (18.31%).

Continuing claims for the week were 34,116, a decrease of 3,756 (9.92%).

IWD said the following areas had the most claims:

  • Manufacturing (1,545) 
  • Industry Not Available - Self-employed, Independent Contractors, etc (738) 
  • Retail Trade (381) 
  • Accommodation & Food Services (336) 
  • Health Care & Social Assistance (332) 

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Additional data released for last week:

  • $18,141,600 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 $1,919,901,733 in FPUC benefits has been paid. 
  • $2,984,724 paid in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits. Since April 13, 2020, a total of $231,537,808.54 in PUA benefits has been paid.  
  • $7,914,292.45 in Pandemic Energency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits paid. Since May 27, 2020, a total of $312,748,873.20 in PEUC benefits have been paid.    

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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