State official cautions that it’s too early to speculate on how quickly unemployed Iowans will return to work The number of Iowans filing unemployment claims fell nearly 12% from the previous week, an indication workers are beginning to return to work as restaurants, bars and retail businesses begin to reopen after ordered closed to slow […]

Rising costs of products, delivery fees and lack of customers make it difficult for restaurants to return to pre-COVID-19 revenue levels The owners and operators of Iowa’s 6,200-plus restaurants were relieved this month when COVID-19 restrictions were eased, allowing dining rooms to reopen to customers. But the relaxing of restrictions doesn’t mean the state’s restaurants […]

More than 15,000 Iowans last week filed first-time jobless claims, the lowest number since the state was essentially shut down in mid-March to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. New data released by Iowa Workforce Development shows that 15,411 unemployed Iowans filed unemployment insurance claims during the week that ended May 9, 37% fewer […]

Fewer than 10% of Iowa’s small businesses have been approved to receive aid through the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program designed to help companies weather the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, information provided to the Business Record shows. Through Monday, 22,295 Iowa small businesses had been approved to receive more than $3.74 billion from […]

Many newly jobless Iowans don’t know where to get help, says food bank CEO Thousands of Iowans forced into unemployment by the worldwide pandemic are turning to food pantries to help feed their families. The increased demand has put unprecedented demand on agencies that supply food to needy Iowa. Many of the newly in need […]

Iowa paid out more than $27.5 million in unemployment benefits last week A record 67,334 Iowans filed for initial unemployment benefits last week, 15% higher than the number of first-time claims filed the previous week, according to newly released data from Iowa Workforce Development. In addition, another 92,962 Iowans continued to collect unemployment during the […]

Hy-Vee has received more than 25,000 applications for temporary, part-time positions at 86 of the grocery chain’s stores and distribution centers. “We have never received that many in that short of time,” Tina Potthoff, Hy-Vee’s senior vice president of communications, told the Business Record. The West Des Moines-based grocery chain announced it was hiring temporary […]

Nearly 42,000 Iowans filed for initial unemployment benefits Nearly 42,000 Iowans last week filed for initial unemployment benefits, one-third of which were from the restaurant, bar and lodging industries, according to newly released data from Iowa Workforce Development. Jessica Dunker, Iowa Restaurant Association president and CEO, expects the unemployment claims to be even higher next […]

Managers of some Central Iowa apartment buildings are sharing ideas on how best to operate during the coronavirus outbreak while serving tenants, keeping workers safe and leasing units, said Chris Costa, president and CEO of Knapp properties. “We’re trying to talk through best practices and challenges that we’re running into,” said Costa (pictured). “There’s been […]

Iowa Workforce Development, responding to an anticipated surge in unemployed Iowans because of temporary business closures due to the coronavirus, has loosened its guidelines for qualifying for unemployment benefits. In addition, the state is waiving unemployment insurance fees that are charged to businesses when workers file unemployment claims. The charge is being waived only in […]

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, in an unprecedented move, issued a state of public health disaster emergency declaration today mandating the closure of the state’s bars, restaurants, fitness centers, theaters, gaming facilities, senior citizen centers and adult daycare facilities. The mandate is effective at noon today and continues through March 31. The move comes after the […]