Iowa Weekly Jobless Claims Mostly Steady

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

First time claims are up slightly in the last week.

Ongoing weekly jobless claims, which more accurately reflect the actual unemployment rate, are slightly down.

Overall, Iowa continues to have one the country's lowest monthly unemployment rates at 3.1 percent.

By the numbers, first time weekly jobless claims are up by 200, from 6,120 to 6,320., a rise of three percent..

First time claims dropped by six percent in the previous week.

Ongoing claims are down by 414, from 48,028 to 47,614, a minor drop of less than 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 $16,388,535.64, down from $16,596,402.72 the week before.

The following industries had the most claims:

  • Construction (1,899)
  • Industry Not Available - Self-employed, Independent Contractors, etc (804)
  • Manufacturing (803)
  • Retail Trade (380)
  • Administrative, Support, Waste Management, and Remediation Services (338)

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