Iowa Ongoing Weekly Jobless Claims End Streak of Downward Trend

DES MOINES, Iowa - Weekly jobless claims are rising in Iowa, with first time claims up by 17 percent.

Ongoing claims, which reflect the state's actual unemployment rate, are up by a small margin. The new numbers break a streak in which ongoing claims had fallen for 17 straight weeks since their peak in May

First time jobless claims rose by 1,095 to 6,312 from 5,217 the week before, reflecting the 17 percent increase. Ongoing claims dropped by a miniscule 29, from 35,213 to 35,242.

Iowa's overall unemployment rate is 4.7 percent, the 5th lowest in the country.

Unemployment insurance benefit payments totaled $9,580,120.79, down from $10,139,790.87 in the previous week.

The following industries had the most claims:

  • Manufacturing (1,177)
  • Construction (945)
  • Industry Not Available - Self-employed, Independent Contractors, etc (771)
  • Health Care & Social Assistance (676)
  • Accommodation & Food Services (418)

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