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Initial unemployment claims rise in Iowa

The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Gulf Coast region (Bay, Franklin, and Gulf counties)...
The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Gulf Coast region (Bay, Franklin, and Gulf counties) was 5.1% in August 2020.(AP)
Published: Oct. 22, 2020 at 8:35 AM CDT
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) - Iowa Workforce Development reports 4,662 Iowans filed initial unemployment claims between October 11 and October 17. That number is up by 470 from the previous reporting period.

However, continuing weekly unemployment claims decreased again last week. Continuing weekly unemployment claims totaled 41,967. That’s a decrease of 4,442 from the previous reporting period.

There was a total of $11,843,704.65 in unemployment insurance benefits paid last week.

The industries with the most claims continue to be manufacturing, self-employed/independent contractors, healthcare and social assistance, construction, and retail trade.

For more on this week’s data, click here.

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