Hy-Vee has received more than 25,000 applications for temporary, part-time positions at 86 of the grocery chain’s stores and distribution centers.

“We have never received that many in that short of time,” Tina Potthoff, Hy-Vee’s senior vice president of communications, told the Business Record. The West Des Moines-based grocery chain announced it was hiring temporary workers last week.

The company isn’t releasing the number of people it is hiring because the needs of individual stores continue to change, according to Potthoff.

Last week, 41,890 Iowans filed for initial unemployment benefits, one-third of which were from restaurant, bar and lodging industries, according to Iowa Workforce Development. The previous week, 2,229 new claims were filed.

The number of new unemployment claims was the highest weekly total since at least 2000, state data shows.

Hy-Vee is also paying bonuses of 10% to more than 60,000 full- and part-time employees. The company estimates the bonuses will total more than $10 million.