Iowa Workforce Development reported that 7,441 initial unemployment claims were filed by Iowans last week, a decrease of 2,064 from the 9,505 initial claims reported during the week that ended on July 18. Iowans filed 110,960 continuing weekly unemployment claims for July 19-25, also a decrease of 4,970 from the previous week, IWD noted. 

Data released by IWD for the last week also shows: 

  • 1,850 people who worked in manufacturing filed initial unemployment claims, an 11% decrease from the 2,085 who filed initial claims in the week ending July 18.
  • Unemployment benefits totaled $31.8 million for the week of July 19-25.
  • $83.8 in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefits were paid during the week; since April 4, nearly $1.5 billion in FPUC benefits have been paid.
  • Nearly $5.2 million was paid in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits.
  • Nearly $3.8 million was paid in Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation; since May 27, $35.7 in PEUC benefits have been paid. The additional $600 weekly additional benefit from PEUC ended on July 25 in Iowa.

The U.S. Department of Labor reported initial unemployment claims of 1,434,000 nationally for the week of July 19-25, an increase of 12,000 from the prior week. 

During the week ending July 18, the advance number for seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 11.6%. More than 17 million people received benefits during that week, an increase of 867,000 from the previous week’s revised level of 16.2 million.