Weekly Unemployment Claims Show a Mixed Bag for Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa - New weekly jobless numbers show a mixed bag for Iowa.

First time jobless claims are up about 40 percent from the week before. Those figures had shown a steady drop in recent weeks. The high percentage increase reflects overall numbers that are relatively small.

Ongoing claims, which reflect the state's actual unemployment rate, are down for the 10th week in a row.

Ongoing claims are down by 3 percent, and are now about a third of what they were during their peak in early May.

Overall unemployment is still 6.0 percent for the state.

First time jobless claims rose by 1,949, to 6.601 from 4,652 the week before.

Continuing claims are down by 2,141, from 65,422 in the previous week to 63,291 in the latest week.

By comparison, ongoing claims peaked in the first week of May at 191,257. The current numbers show a drop of 67 percent from the high mark.

Unemployment insurance benefit payments totaled$17,761,637.89, down from $18,386,679.39 in the previous week, a drop of roughly $625,00 million.

The industries with the most jobless claims in the last week are listed below:

  • Manufacturing (1,483)
  • Construction (1,043)
  • Self-employed, Independent Contractors, etc (970)
  • Health Care & Social Assistance (440)
  • Accommodation & Food Services (416)
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