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Iowa sees increase in new jobless claims

Manufacturing remains largest source

Iowa saw 4,730 new unemployment claims and 51,666 continuing claims between Sept. 27 and Oct. 3 as the novel coronavirus continues to impact the Iowa job market.

New unemployment claims increased from 4,616 the previous week, but continuing claims dropped from 58,419.

Both of the previous week’s numbers initially were higher before the U.S. Department of Labor adjusted the numbers.

The 51,666 continuing claims were the fewest since the week of March 21.

New claims steadily decreased throughout the summer but have increased in two of the last three weeks.

Linn County’s new and continuing claims both decreased between Sept. 27 and Oct. 3 to their lowest levels since March. Johnson County also reached a six-month low in continuing claims.

Statewide and Corridor unemployment numbers are still much higher than pre-pandemic levels, though.

Manufacturing was the largest source of statewide claims with 959, followed by self-employed and independent contractors at 926, health care and social assistance at 374, construction at 344, and retail trade at 294.

The claims resulted in $14.8 million in standard unemployment benefits, $4.3 million in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, $6.9 million in the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation and $1.2 million in State Extended Benefits.

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These numbers only show how many people are actively seeking work and therefore do not necessarily give a full picture of people out of work.

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