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Iowa unemployment claims hold steady as increased benefit payments begin rolling out


DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) -- As additional benefit payments are finally being issued, 6,320 new unemployment claims were filed in Iowa between February 7-13, an increase of just 200 from the previous week.

Continuing claims dropped by 414 down to 47,614 last week. 68.8% of claimants said their claims were not COVID-19 related, an increase from 67.5% the previous week. November through February are typically the months Iowa Workforce Development sees the most unemployment claims due to seasonal layoffs.

Many Iowans whose Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation claims expired before Dec. 27 have gone without payments while waiting for Iowa Workforce Development to make "necessary program changes." IWD finally announced last week that payments would start going out this week.

IWD will automatically enroll all Iowans who are in current reporting status. Iowans who were unemployed or had working hours reduced as of December 27, 2020, or after and haven't been filing a weekly continued claim, will need to reactivate their claim. You can do that online by clicking here. If you are unable to file a claim online, you can call Iowa Workforce Development Customer Service at 1-866-239-0843.

The following industries had the most claims last week:

  • Construction (1,899)
  • Industry Not Available - Self-employed, Independent Contractors, etc. (804)
  • Manufacturing (803)
  • Retail Trade (380)
  • Administrative, Support, Waste Management, and Remediation Services (338)

For more details on Iowa's latest unemployment numbers, click here.

Trevor Oates

Executive Producer

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