Iowa workers filed 5,689 initial unemployment cases in the week ending Sept. 5, down 4% from the adjusted total of 5,914 for the previous week, Iowa Workforce Development reported.
This comes as Iowa Workforce Development reinstates its work search requirement with exceptions for people who are on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, such as Iowans who are unable to find child care or have health complications.
The federal government has also notified Iowa that its “Lost Wages Assistance” program has ended, which provides up to $300 in additional weekly benefits for a maximum of six weeks for unemployed Iowans through FEMA. President Donald Trump approved the $300 payments after the weekly $600 unemployment benefits ended.
The end of the Lost Wages Assistance program comes as Senate Republicans are expected to vote on their new coronavirus relief bill on Thursday, according to Politico.
In Iowa, 71,6444 people filed continuing weekly unemployment claims in the most recent week. That was down from an adjusted 75,877 the week before.
The $20.2 million in benefits paid in Iowa included these industries with the most claims:
• Manufacturing (1,311)
• Self-employed, independent contractors (682)
• Accommodation and food services (565)
• Health care and social assistance (490)
• Construction (385)
Though Iowa’s unemployment numbers continue to trend down, Common Good Iowa, which released its labor report last week, argued it is because fewer Iowans are working and searching for jobs. Iowa Workforce Development’s unemployment numbers do not give the full picture of everyone who is out of work because it only includes people who are actively seeking a job.