The number of unemployment claims filed by Iowans last week jumped to 148,161, a new Iowa Workforce Development report shows. The chart shows the number of unemployment claims filed since Jan. 4.

A 2.7% uptick in the number of Iowans who filed unemployment claims last week was fueled by an increase in the number of new filers, data released today by Iowa Workforce Development shows.

During the week that ended on Saturday, 11,125 Iowans filed initial unemployment claims, the third straight week new filings have increased. Overall, 148,161 Iowans filed unemployment claims last week, the state agency reported. 

Data released by Iowa Workforce Development for the week that ended on Saturday also shows:
• 4,471 people who worked in manufacturing filed first-time jobless claims, the highest number since May 16 when 4,679 workers in the sector filed new claims. Since mid-March, nearly 20%, or 73,754, of the newly jobless have been from the manufacturing sector.  
• $33.3 million in jobless benefits was paid out of the state’s unemployment compensation trust fund. Since mid-March, Iowa has paid out more than $660.3 million in unemployment claims.
• $81.6 million was paid from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation fund that was part of the $2 trillion federal coronavirus relief package. Since April 4, $1.3 billion in additional benefits has been paid to Iowans from the federal fund.The additional $600 weekly benefit is set to expire at the end of the month.
• $3.4 million was paid to self-employed Iowans through the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance fund. Since April 4, $72.3 million has been paid to Iowans from the fund.
• $3.1 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, nearly $24.7 million has been paid to Iowans from the fund.

Nationally, 1.3 million new unemployment claims were filed last week, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

More than 17.3 million people received jobless benefits for the week ending July 4, the department reported. The advanced seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the week ending July 4 was 11.9%. The continuing claims and unemployment rate lag by a week from initial claims filings.