DES MOINES, IOWA (March 25, 2020) — The number of initial claims filed between Sunday, March 15, and Saturday, March 21 (the first 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 40,952. The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims as a result of COVID-19 will be available in next Thursday's release.

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 24, 2020) — On March 23, Governor Kim Reynolds announced that first quarter unemployment tax payments that are due April 30 will be delayed till the end of the second quarter, July 31, 2020. Eligible employers include those employers with 50 or fewer employees. Eligible employers also must be in good standing with no delinquencies in quarterly payments. 

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 17, 2020) — Employees impacted by COVID-19 closures can and should apply for unemployment benefits online here:

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains unchanged from the revised December rate of 2.8 percent. The state’s jobless rate was 2.7 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate increased slightly to 3.6 percent in January.

DES MOINES, IOWA (October 25, 2019) — As part of a nationwide Department of Labor effort, Iowa Workforce Development is conducting a customer-satisfaction survey to gather feedback on employment and training services provided by local service-providers. The survey responses will be used to improve employment and training services both locally and across the state.

DES MOINES, IOWA (June 28, 2019) — Iowa Workforce Development announced an increase to maximum weekly benefits paid to unemployed Iowans and to workers injured on the job. The new benefit payment schedules apply to people who file new unemployment insurance claims on or after July 7, 2019, and to workers injured on or after July 1, 2019.

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 17, 2019) — Iowa’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate remained at 2.4 percent in April. The state’s jobless rate was 2.6 percent one year ago. The US unemployment rate dropped to 3.6 percent in April.

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 13, 2019) — On May 10, 2019, The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared individuals in Scott county eligible for individual assistance. FEMA determined that this county was adversely affected by the event declared a major disaster by the President in his Declaration of March 23, 2019.

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 9, 2019) — On May 7, 2019, The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared individuals in Louisa county eligible for individual assistance. FEMA determined that this county was adversely affected by the event declared a major disaster by the President in his Declaration of March 23, 2019.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 19, 2019) — Iowa’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment-rate remained at 2.4 percent in March. The state’s jobless rate was 2.7 percent one year ago. The US unemployment-rate remained at 3.8 percent in March.

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