Nearly 1,600 fewer Iowans filed initial claims for unemployment benefits last week, and continuing claims decreased by 6.7% to 58,744 claims, according to a weekly update provided by Iowa Workforce Development. 

Unemployed Iowans filed 5,018 initial claims during the week of Sept. 20. The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims for Sept. 20-26 declined by 4,194 from the previous week. 

Additionally, Iowa Workforce Development reported that the U.S. Department of Labor adjusted last week’s initial claim number down to 6,117 (a decrease of 484), and continuing claims to 62,938 (a decrease of 353 for a total decrease of 837). The state agency relies upon the weekly data released by the U.S. Department of Labor to report its numbers and, as such, adopts the revisions to the previously published data. 

Unemployment insurance benefit payments paid by the state totaled nearly $17.09 million for the week of Sept. 20-26. The following industries had the most claims: 
• Manufacturing (1,105).
• Self-employed, independent contractors, etc. (808).
• Health care and social assistance (464).
• Construction (396).
• Accommodation and food services (323).

Additionally, a total of more than $13.85 million in federal unemployment benefits was paid to unemployed Iowans last week through three programs — the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation payments.