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5,282 initial unemployment claims were filed last week in Iowa, a decrease of 1,035 from the previous week, according to Iowa Workforce Development.
The U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday that the national number of workers applying for unemployment aid fell below 1 million last week for the first time in over five months.
4,710 initial claims for the week of Aug. 2-8 were by people who work and live in Iowa, while 572 were by individuals who work in Iowa but live outside the state.
$27,031,323.13 in unemployment insurance benefits were paid out last week.
Continuing claims for the week were 92,853 a decrease of 11,463 from the previous week.
The following industries had the most claims, according to IWD:
- Manufacturing (1,132)
- Industry Not Available - Self-employed, Independent Contractors, etc. (539)
- Health Care & Social Assistance (514)
- Retail (421)
- Accommodation & Food Services (373)
Additional data released for last week:
- $13,876,200 in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefits was paid. Since April 4, 2020, a total of $1,572,949,543 in FPUC benefits has been paid.
- $5,150,688 was paid in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits.
- $4,026,981.82 in benefits has been paid in Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits for the week of Aug. 2-8, 2020. Since May 27, 2020, a total of $43,447,446.28 in PEUC benefits have been paid.