DES MOINES — The number of initial unemployment claims in Iowa filed between Sunday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 14 was 6,312, an increase of 1,095 from last week’s adjusted numbers.
There were 5,784 initial claims by individuals who work and live in Iowa, and 528 claims by individuals who work in Iowa and live in another state. The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims was 35,242, an increase of 29 from the previous week. November through February are traditionally the months IWD sees the most unemployment claims, driven by increased claims in construction, agriculture, landscaping and manufacturing due to seasonal layoffs.
For the week ending Nov. 14, nearly 44.1% of claimants indicated their claims were not COVID-19 related.
The U.S. Department of Labor adjusted last week’s initial claim number to 5,217 (a decrease of 359) and continuing claims to 35,213 (a decrease of 447 for a total decrease of 806 overall). IWD relies upon the weekly data released by the U.S. Department of Labor to report its numbers and as such, adopts the revisions to the previously published data.
Due to Gov. Kim Reynolds’ recent Proclamation of Disaster Emergency, IowaWORKS Centers will temporarily cease providing in-person services. Customers are encouraged to log onto IowaWORKS.gov or the mobile application to continue their work search activities. Further assistance can also be received by visiting the website or calling customer service.
For the week ending Nov. 14, unemployment insurance benefit payments totaled $9,580,120.79. The following industries had the most claims:
● Manufacturing (1,177)
● Construction (945)
● Industry not available: self-employed, independent contractors, etc. (771)
● Health care and social assistance (676)
● Accommodation and food services (418)
A total of $1,011,600 in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefits was paid, which were retroactive payments as the program ended July 25, 2020. Since April 4, 2020, a total of $1,620,930,433 in FPUC benefits has been paid.
A total of $3,376,030.72 was paid in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits. Since April 13, 2020, a total of $146,651,795.64 in PUA benefits has been paid.
A total of $8,065,344.08 in benefits has been paid in Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits. Since May 27, 2020, a total of $133,210,804.33 in PEUC benefits have been paid.
A total of $86,125.84 was paid in State Extended Benefits (EB). Since July 21, 2020, a total of $17,424,410.14 in State EB has been paid. The United States Department of Labor notified Iowa that due to the state’s economic recovery, the State EB program ended the week ending Oct. 31, 2020.
EB cannot be paid to any claimant for weeks of unemployment after Oct. 31, 2020, even if they have not yet received 13 weeks of EB. Those claimants who lose EB may be eligible for the PUA benefit program if they have remaining benefit weeks available in their current benefit year. Claimants may apply for PUA at www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/pua-information.