New claims for unemployment remain flat in Iowa

    The COVID-19 pandemic led to a record number of Iowans filing for unemployment benefits, but the numbers are now subsiding. (Photo by Getty Images)

    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.


    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.