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Initial and continuing jobless claims in Iowa both down last week

$7,760,594.26 in unemployment insurance benefits were paid out in the state last week, a weekly decrease of $901,155.40 (10.40%).

IOWA, USA — 3,375 initial unemployment claims were filed last week in Iowa, a decrease of 580 (14.66%) from the previous week.

3,027 initial claims for the week of April 25-May 1 were by people who work and live in Iowa, and 348 were by individuals who work in Iowa but live outside the state.

For the week ending May 1, 2021, nearly 54.2% of claimants indicated their claims were not COVID-19 related, which is an increase from 50.7% the previous week," Iowa Workforce Development said in a release.

498,000 Americans filed for unemployment last week.

$7,760,594.26 in unemployment insurance benefits were paid out in the state last week, a weekly decrease of $901,155.40 (10.40%).

Continuing claims for the week were 28,451, a decrease of 2,081 (6.82%).

IWD said the following areas had the most claims:

  • Manufacturing (574) 
  • Industry Not Available - Self-employed, Independent Contractors, etc. (518) 
  • Retail Trade (277) 
  • Construction (269)  
  • Health Care & Social Assistance (264)

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Additional data released for last week:

  • $19,712,700 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 $1,976,059,033 in FPUC benefits has been paid.
  • $4,911,010 paid in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits. Since April 13, 2020, a total of $243,295,436.54 in PUA benefits has been paid.  
  • $8,200,021.96 in Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits paid. Since May 27, 2020, a total of $337,106,962.03 in PEUC benefits have been paid.    

The Associated Press contributed to this report