WASHINGTON DC (May 29, 2020) — The Paycheck Protection Program is one of the larger and most well-known initiatives that has been created to support small businesses during the novel coronavirus outbreak. PPP was initially funded with $349 billion under the CARES Act and was reauthorized for a second round of funding totaling $310 billion under the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (PPPHCEA).

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 29, 2020) — Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) today released information regarding two new unemployment benefit programs available to Iowans. Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), was created by The CARES Act and provides an additional 13 weeks of federally funded benefits to individuals who have exhausted their 26 weeks of regular state unemployment benefits.

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 28, 2020) — The number of initial claims in Iowa, filed between Sunday, May 17, and Saturday, May 23, was 14,586. There were 13,365 initial claims by individuals who work and live in Iowa, and 1,221 claims by individuals who work in Iowa and live in another state.

The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims was 180,679.

Unemployment insurance benefit payments totaled $48,828,481.83 for the same week.

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 22, 2020) — Iowa’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate increased to 10.2 percent in April. The state’s jobless rate was 2.7 percent one year ago. The US unemployment rate rose to 14.7 percent in April.

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 21, 2020) — The number of initial claims in Iowa, filed between Sunday, May 10, and Saturday, May 16, was 13,040. There were 12,011 initial claims by individuals who work and live in Iowa, and 1,029 claims by individuals who work in Iowa and live in another state.

The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims was 187,375.

Unemployment-insurance benefit-payments totaled $50,962,509.01 for the same week.

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 19, 2020) — In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald wants to remind Iowans to monitor their assets to prevent them from becoming unclaimed property. The Treasurer's Office receives millions of dollars in unclaimed property every year, simply due to a misspelled name or an out-of-date address. "With the challenges Iowans are facing today, I understand how difficult it can be to review your assets during this time," said Fitzgerald.

WASHINGTON DC (May 15, 2020) — The fiscal and monetary policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic crisis has been both swift and substantial. We have been tracking these support measures — in the form of spending, tax breaks, loans, and other actions — as part of our COVID Money Tracker initiative.

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 14, 2020) — The number of initial claims in Iowa, filed between Sunday, May 3, and Saturday, May 9, was 16,735. There were 15,411 initial claims by individuals who work and live in Iowa, and 1,324 claims by individuals who work in Iowa and live in another state.

The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims was 191,257.

Unemployment insurance benefit payments totaled $52,903,527.20 for the same week.

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 13, 2020) — Small business optimism took another dive in April, falling 5.5 points to 90.9, with owners expressing certainty the economy will weaken in the near-term, but expecting it to improve over the next six months. The Optimism Index has fallen 13.6 points over the last two months, with nine of 10 Index components declining in April and one improving.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (May 8, 2020) — On behalf of the Quad Cities business community, Chamber President and CEO Paul Rumler sent letters this week to Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds asking them to work together to provide a consistent strategy to reopen our bi-state regional economy at the same time. View the letter to the governors.

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