Nearly 10,700 Iowans filed initial unemployment claims for the week that ended on Saturday, a 38% hike from the previous week, Iowa Workforce Development reports. The chart shows weekly initial unemployment claims filed since March 7.

The number of Iowans who filed initial unemployment claims last week spiked to its highest level since mid-May, Iowa Workforce Development data released today shows.

However, the total number of Iowans who filed unemployment claims last week fell to 145,875, the lowest it’s been since late March when the total number of jobless claims filed was 109,616, according to the state data.

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has led to record-setting unemployment numbers as thousands of businesses temporarily closed to slow the spread of the virus. But even after government closure orders were lifted, numerous businesses have either had to temporarily close again because of workers with COVID-19 or they have had to limit hours because of the public’s reluctance to venture out.

Data released by Iowa Workforce Development for the week that ended on Saturday also shows:
• 10,698 Iowans filed initial unemployment claims, up 38% from the previous week. The number of new claims filed last week is the most since the week ending May 23 when 14,586 new claims were filed.
• 135,177 Iowans continued filing unemployment claims, down nearly 5% from the previous week when 141,748 continuing claims were filed.
• $31.9 million in jobless benefits was paid out of the state’s unemployment compensation trust fund. Since mid-March, Iowa has paid out nearly $627 million in unemployment claims.
• $83.9 million was paid from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation fund that was part of the $2 trillion federal coronavirus relief package. Since April 4, $1.2 billion in additional benefits has been paid to Iowans from the federal fund. The additional benefit is $600 a week.
• $4.4 million was paid to self-employed Iowans through the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance fund. Since April 4, nearly $69 million has been paid to Iowans from the federal fund.
• $3.3 million was paid to Iowans through the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation fund, established to provide assistance to people no longer eligible to receive state unemployment. Since May 27, $25.1 million has been paid to Iowans from the fund.

Overall, Iowans have received more than $1.3 billion in additional unemployment benefits from the federal relief package.

Nationally, 1.3 million new unemployment claims were filed last week, down from the previous week when more than 1.4 million new claims were filed, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

More than 18 million people received jobless benefits for the week ending June 27, the department reported.

The advanced seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the week ending June 27 was 12.4%. The continuing claims and unemployment rate lag by a week from initial claims filings.