The number of Iowans who filed unemployment claims last week slipped to 111,735, a 4.5% decline from the previous week, new data released today by Iowa Workforce Development shows.

The number of claims filed is the lowest since late March when 109,616 claims were filed during the week ending March 28.

Data released by Iowa Workforce Development for the week that ended on Saturday also shows:

  • 6,765 initial claims were filed, the lowest number since May 31 when 6,499 new claims were filed by Iowans.
  • 1,429 people who worked in manufacturing filed first-time jobless claims. Since mid-March, 18%, or 79,118, of the newly jobless have been from the manufacturing sector.  
  • $29.9 million in jobless benefits was paid out of the state’s unemployment compensation trust fund. Since mid-March, Iowa has paid out nearly $753.8 million in unemployment claims.

Nationally, 1.18 million new unemployment claims were filed last week, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. More than 16.1 million people received jobless benefits for the week ending July 25, the department reported. The advanced seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the week ending July 25 was 11%. The continuing claims and unemployment rate lag by a week from initial claims filings.