The number of unemployment claims filed by Iowans during Sept. 13-19 was 63,291, a decrease of 2,131 from the previous week, Iowa Workforce Development reported today. Iowans filed 6,601 first-time unemployment claims last week. 

Industries with the most claims last week were manufacturing (1,483), construction (1,043), health care and social assistance (440), accommodation and food services (416), and the self-employed and independent contractors (970). Employees in food services and accommodations filed fewer claims last week as Gov. Kim Reynolds allowed some bars in four Iowa counties to reopen on Sept. 16, four days earlier than the Sept. 20 date originally announced when Reynolds ordered bars closed in six counties, citing the spread of COVID-19 among young adults. 

The IWD also reports: 

  • $3,981,000 in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefits was paid last week, which were retroactive payments as the program ended July 25. Since April 4, a total of $1,604,382,343 in benefits have been paid from that fund.
  • $4,272,802 was paid in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits last week.
  • $5,727,140 in Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits was paid last week. Since May 27, a total of $72,563,697 in benefits have been paid from that fund.
  • $1,082,962 was paid in State Extended Benefits last week. Since July 21, a total of $7,586,455 in Extended Benefits has been paid.

Individuals who have exhausted the additional 13 weeks of Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits may be eligible for State Extended Benefits announced in June. Claimants should continue to file weekly claims so that their claims can be reviewed to determine eligibility for State Extension Benefits, which may provide up to an additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits.