Des Moines Register: The number of Iowans making initial claims for jobless benefits rose 58% last week, the most new claims in more than four months, according to federal data released this morning. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 9,458 Iowans filed new unemployment claims in the week ended Saturday, up from 5,992 new claims the week before. That was the most new claims in the state since 10,653 in the week ended July 11. The reason for the spike in claims was not clear, but new claims have increased in Iowa for six straight weeks. Iowa Workforce Development has said the late fall, with the end of harvest season and a slowdown in other outdoor work, is traditionally a period when unemployment rises in Iowa.