Jobless Claims in Iowa Mostly Stable and Low

DES MOINES, Iowa - Weekly jobless claims in Iowa are mostly stable.

Ongoing weekly claims, which reflect the state's unemployment, rate rose by less than one percent in the most recent week.

Iowa's overall rate of unemployment is the second lowest in the country at 3.1 percent.

By the numbers, first time weekly claims are up by 678, from 5,251 to 5,938, a rise of 12 percent. By comparison, first time claims dropped by 14 percent in the previous week.

Ongoing claims are up 405, from 46,303 to 46,708, which is just under one percent.

Ongoing claims reached a peak in the early stages of the pandemic of more than 191,000 in late May of 2020.

For the most recent week, unemployment insurance benefit payments totaled $15,125,849.99, a sizable decline from $15,769,472.15 the week before.

The following industries had the most claims:

  • Construction (1,134)
  • Industry Not Available - Self-employed, Independent Contractors, etc (1,005)
  • Manufacturing (736)
  • Retail Trade (478)
  • Health Care & Social Assistance (405)

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