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Iowa receives more than 160,000 new, continuing unemployment claims

Week marks more than $1 billion received by Iowans since pandemic began

Job seekers line up for a career fair. (Associated Press)
Job seekers line up for a career fair. (Associated Press)

Iowa saw 9,516 new unemployment claims filed between June 7 and 13.

Those are in addition to the 154,752 continuing unemployment claims, bringing the total people unemployed in the state to more than 160,000, Iowa Workforce Development reported Thursday.

The number of new claims remained level, while continuing claims dropped by 3,516.

The claims resulted in about $38 million paid out in standard unemployment insurance.

Iowans have received well over $1 billion in state and federal unemployment benefits since the coronavirus appeared in Iowa in mid-March.

That total includes $94.7 million in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, $6.2 million in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and $3.4 million in Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation.

More than 2,100 of last week’s claims came from the manufacturing sector.

Sectors with 600 or more claims each were self-employed and independent contractors, health care and social assistance, accommodation and food services, and retail.

The U.S. Department of Labor also revised the state’s unemployment numbers for May 31 through June 6. Instead of 10,112 new claims, Iowa had 9,488. Also, Iowa had 158,268 continuing claims rather than 159,966 as previously reported.

Those numbers only account for people actively seeking work, so it does not necessarily include everyone currently out of work.

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