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Iowans’ new claims for unemployment benefits rise 42%

By: - September 24, 2020 1:19 pm

An Iowa nursing home worker who was fired after refusing to let a visitor enter the building due to COVID-19 restrictions has been awarded jobless benefits for keeping residents of the home safe. (Photo by Getty Images)

Iowa workers filed 6,601 initial unemployment claims in the week ending Sept. 19, a 42% increase from the 4,652 new claims filed the previous week.

The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims for the week was 63,291, which represents a decrease of 2,131 from the previous week.

Unemployment insurance benefit payments totaled $17,761,637.89 for the week ending Sept. 19. The following industries had the most claims

  • Manufacturing: 1,483
  • Construction: 1,043
  • Self-employed, independent contractors, etc.: 970
  • Health care and social assistance: 440
  • Accommodation and food services: 416

A total of $3,981,000 in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefits was paid out during the week ending Sept. 19, all of which were retroactive payments as the program ended July 25.

Since April 4, a total of $1,604,382,343 in FPUC benefits has been paid.

A total of $4,272,802.69 was paid in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits during the week ending Sept. 19.

A total of $5,727,140.83 in benefits has been paid in Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits for the week ending Sept. 19.

Since May 27, a total of $72,563,697.32 in PEUC benefits have been paid.

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Clark Kauffman
Clark Kauffman

Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing. His 2004 series on prosecutorial misconduct in Iowa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. From October 2018 through November 2019, Kauffman was an assistant ombudsman for the Iowa Office of Ombudsman, an agency that investigates citizens’ complaints of wrongdoing within state and local government agencies.