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Iowans on unemployment up 12% from two weeks ago

By: - May 14, 2020 10:53 am

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The ranks of the unemployed continued to grow in Iowa last week, as the state fielded more than 16,000 new claims for unemployment benefits.

Iowa Workforce Development reported Thursday that between May 3 and May 9, a total of 16,735 new claims for unemployment benefits were filed.

Of those, 15,411 were filed by people who live and work in Iowa, and 1,324 claims were filed by individuals who work in Iowa but live in another state.

The number of new claims represents a significant reduction from the week before, when the state received 24,693 initial claims for unemployment, and the week before when 28,827 new claims were filed.

Last week’s new claims brings the number of continuing, weekly unemployment claims to 191,257 — a 12% increase from two weeks earlier.

Benefit payments for the week of May 3 totaled $52.9 million.

The following industries had the most claims during the week:

  • Manufacturing: 4,065
  • Self-employed, independent contractors: 2,103
  • Health care and social assistance: 1,865
  • Accommodation and food services: 1,269
  • Retail: 1,133

During the week of May 3, a total of $108.2 million in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefits was paid to Iowans. Since April 4, 2020, a total of $547,345,200 of FUPAC benefits has been paid out.

A total of $7 million was paid to 13,075 Iowans receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits for the week that ended May 2.


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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.