DES MOINES, Iowa - Weekly jobless claims are up a bit in Iowa.
Ongoing weekly claims, which are more closely tied to the actual unemployment rate, rose six percent.
The most recent monthly unemployment numbers still show Iowa with one of the lowest rates in the country at 3.1 percent.
By the numbers, first time weekly claims are up by 395, from 5,778 to 6,173, a rise of six percent. First time claims dropped by 12 percent in the previous week.
Ongoing claims are up 2,898, from 45,803 to 48,701, a jump of six 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 $16,596,402.72, a sizable increase from $15,125,849.99 the week before.
The following industries had the most claims:
- Construction (1,176)
- Industry Not Available - Self-employed, Independent Contractors, etc (1,095)
- Manufacturing (732)
- Retail Trade (462)
- Health Care & Social Assistance (457)