New unemployment claims rise slightly in Iowa

    Unemployment rose slightly statewide last week, the state reported. Shown is part of downtown Dubuque. (Photo by Perry Beeman/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

    The number of initial jobless claims in Iowa rose slightly Oct. 4-10 but were within the range seen in the past month.

    Iowa Workforce Development reported 4,644 initial claims that week, up from an adjusted figure of 4,288 the week before. 

    Continuing claims fell to 46,577, down from 51,560 the previous week.

    Iowa’s unemployment cases have been far above normal due to layoffs and furloughs related to the coronavirus pandemic.

    The state made $12.9 million in unemployment benefit payments last week. These industries had the most claims:

    • Manufacturing, 860
    • Self-employed, independent contractors, 851
    • Health care and social assistance, 413
    • Construction, 351
    • Accommodation and food services, 292

    The state paid $2.4 million in retroactive benefits from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program, which ended July 25. Another $3.9 million came from the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.

    IWD has reinstated the work search requirement. Those who will be required to begin work searches will be notified. 

    Perry Beeman
    Senior reporter Perry Beeman has nearly 40 years of experience in Iowa journalism and has won national awards for environmental and business writing. He has written for The Des Moines Register and the Business Record, where he also served as managing editor. He also is former editorial director of Grinnell College. He co-authored the recently published book, "The $80 Billion Gamble," which details the lottery-rigging case of Eddie Tipton.