DES MOINES, IOWA (May 7, 2020) — The number of initial claims in Iowa, filed between Sunday, April 26, and Saturday, May 2, was 24,693. There were 22,830 initial claims by individuals who work and live in Iowa, and 1,863 claims by individuals who work in Iowa and live in another state.

The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims was 181,358.

Unemployment insurance benefit payments totaled $50,931,302.43 for the same week.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 30, 2020) — The number of initial claims in Iowa, filed between Sunday, April 19, and Saturday, April 25, was 28,827. There were 27,115 initial claims by individuals who work and live in Iowa, and 1,712 claims by individuals who work in Iowa and live in another state. 

The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims was 170,990.

Unemployment insurance benefit payments totaled $51,408,623.02 for the same week. 

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 28, 2020) — Iowans who have been placed on a temporary layoff related to COVID-19 but refuse to return to work when recalled by their employer will lose unemployment benefits, except for certain circumstances including:

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 23, 2020) — The number of initial claims in Iowa, filed between Sunday, April 12, and Saturday, April 18, was 27,912. There were 26,192 initial claims by individuals who work and live in Iowa, and 1,720 claims by individuals who work in Iowa and live in another state.

The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims was 151,846.

Unemployment insurance benefits payments totaled $48,091,551.28 for the same week.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 17, 2020) — Iowa’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate increased to 3.7 percent in March. The state’s jobless rate was 2.7 percent one year ago. The US unemployment rate rose to 4.4 percent in March.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 16, 2020) — The number of initial claims in Iowa reported by the US Department of Labor, filed between Sunday, April 5, and Saturday, April 11, was 46,356. There were 43,862 initial claims by individuals who work and live in Iowa, and 2,494 claims by individuals who work in Iowa and live in another state.

The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims is 128,819.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 9, 2020) — The number of initial claims in Iowa reported by the US Department of Labor, filed between Sunday, March 29, and Saturday, April 4, was 67,334. There were 64,187 initial claims by individuals who work and live in Iowa, and 3,147 claims by individuals who work in Iowa and live in another state.

The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims is 92,962.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 6, 2020) — Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) is outlining the benefits of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020, which provides unemployment benefits for the self-employed, independent contractors, nonprofit employees, gig economy workers, those who have exhausted other unemployment insurance benefits, and those who may not have sufficient work history to qualify for a regular state claim.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 2, 2020) — The number of initial claims in Iowa reported by the US Department of Labor, filed between Sunday, March 22, and Saturday, March 28 (a time period that reflects the increased number of claims filed related to COVID-19, including the broader group of individuals eligible for claims due to the virus) was 58,453. There were 55,963 initial claims by individuals who work and live in Iowa, and 2,490 claims by individuals who work in Iowa and live out of state.

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 30, 2020) — Iowa Workforce Development has implemented updates to its leave policy for filing unemployment insurance benefits following the enactment of the CARES Act.

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