The number of unemployment claims filed by Iowans last week fell 7% from the previous week to 70,615, new data from Iowa Workforce Development shows. 

The new data also shows that initial claims filed by people who work in construction more than tripled in the week that ended on Saturday from the previous week. Last week, 1,174 construction workers filed first-time claims; the previous week, 385 had filed new claims.

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

• $18.3 million in jobless benefits was paid out of the state’s unemployment compensation trust fund. Since mid-March, Iowa has paid out more than $887.7 million in unemployment claims.

• $2.7 million was paid from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation fund. Since April 4, $1.6 billion in additional benefits has been paid to Iowans from the federal fund.  

• $3.5 million was paid to self-employed Iowans through the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance fund. Since late April, more than $114 million has been paid to Iowans from the fund.

• $5.2 million was paid from the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation fund to Iowans whose unemployment insurance has run out. Since May 27, when the program began, out-of-work Iowans have received $66.8 million from the fund.

• $1 million was paid in State Extended Benefits. Since July 21, $6.5 million has been paid in extended benefits.

• $38.1 million was paid from the Lost Wages Assistance fund. Since Sept. 3, $141 million has been paid to Iowans from the fund.

National data
New unemployment claims filed week ending Sept. 12: 860,000
People continuing to receive jobless benefits for week ending Sept. 5: 12.6 million
Advanced seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for week ending Sept. 5: 8.6%

Note: The continuing claims and unemployment rate lag by a week from initial claims filings.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor