OSKALOOSA — The number of active unemployment claims in Mahaska County has dropped below 1,000 for the first time since mid-April.

Data from the Iowa Workforce Development for the week ending June 13 said there were 65 new claims and 991 continued claims, which are active claims still being paid.

There were 140 claims in the week ending March 14, the week prior to the state’s shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The number of active claims peaked on May 9 at 1,329.

In Marion County, there were 133 new claims filed the week ending June 13, with active claims at 1,295, according to the data. The number of active claims peaked the week of May 16, when there were 1,757.

Prior to the beginning of the COVID-19 shutdown, there were 186 active claims in mid-March in Marion County.

The manufacturing sector remains to be the highest source of unemployment in both counties, with 36 claims from the industry in Mahaska County and 93 in Marion County.

In May, there were $2.3 million in claims paid in Marion County and $1.6 million paid in Mahaska County. For comparison, in May 2019 the state paid $163,760 to the unemployed in Marion County and $156,520 in Marion County.

Statewide there were 154,752 active claims and 9,516 initial filings for the week ending June 13.

Kyle Ocker is the group editor of the Oskaloosa Herald and the Ottumwa Courier. He can be reached at kocker@oskyherald.com. Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker.

Group Editor

Kyle Ocker is a Centerville native and award-winning multimedia journalist. Kyle is currently the first vice president of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council and vice president of the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association.

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