The number of newly filed claims for Iowa unemployment benefits remained relatively flat last week.
A total of 4,730 new claims were filed during the week ending Oct. 3, a slight increase over the previous week’s adjusted total of 4,616. The number of continuing or ongoing weekly unemployment claims totaled 51,666, a decrease of 6,753 from the previous week.
The U.S. Department of Labor adjusted last week’s total of newly filed claims down to 4,616, a decrease of 402, and continuing claims to 58,419, a decrease of 325.
Unemployment insurance benefit payouts totaled $14,767,817 for the week ending Oct. 3.
The following industries had the most claims:
- Manufacturing: 959
- Self-employed, independent contractors: 926
- Health care and social assistance: 374
- Construction: 344
- Retail trade: 294
A total of $3,511,200 in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefits was paid during the week ending Oct. 3. Those were retroactive payments as the program ended July 25.
A total of $4,264,291.55 was paid in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits and $6,856,590 in Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation was paid out during that same week.
Individuals who have exhausted PEUC benefits may be eligible for State Extended Benefits (EB) announced in June. Claimants should continue to file weekly claims so that their claims can be reviewed to determine eligibility. These state benefits may provide eligible claimants with as many as 13 additional weeks of unemployment benefits.