The number of Iowans filing unemployment claims increased to 41,554 in the week that ended on Saturday, a 2.7% increase from the previous week, Iowa Workforce Development reported today.

In addition, 6,312 Iowans filed first-time unemployment claims last week, up 21% from the week that ended on Nov. 7 when 5,217 new claims were filed, according to the agency. 

Typically, Iowa sees a spike in new unemployment in November through February, due mostly to seasonal layoffs in construction, agriculture, landscaping and manufacturing, the agency has previously said.

Additionally, the state agency reported that during the week that ended on Saturday:
• $9.58 million in jobless benefits was paid out of the state’s unemployment compensation trust fund. Since mid-March, Iowa has paid out more than $1 billion in unemployment claims from the fund. The trust fund’s balance was $1.03 billion on Nov. 6.
• $1 million in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefits was paid, which was in retroactive payments as the program ended July 25. Since April 4, a total of $1.62 billion in benefits has been paid from the fund.
• $3.3 million was paid in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits. Since April 13, $146.6 million has been paid from the fund.
• $8 million was paid in Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits. Since May 27, a total of $133.2 million in benefits has been paid from that fund.
• $86,125 was paid in State Extended Benefits. Since July 21, $17.4 million has been paid in extended benefits.

National data
New unemployment claims filed week ending Nov. 14: 742,000
People continuing to receive jobless benefits for week ending Nov. 7: 6.3 million
Advanced seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for week ending Nov. 7: 4.3%

Note: The continuing claims and unemployment rate lag by a week from initial claims filings.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor