Unemployment claims increase in Iowa amid seasonal layoffs and pandemic

Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 4:23 PM CST
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) -- Iowa Workforce Development reported an increase in both initial unemployment claims and continuing weekly unemployment claims last week.

IWD reported a total of 9,458 initial unemployment claims were filed in Iowa between November 15 and November 21. That’s an increase of 3,466 from the previous reporting period’s adjusted numbers.

Continuing weekly unemployment claims increased by 2,310 from the previous week, to a total of 37,112.

IWD said 43.6 percent of last week’s claimants indicated their unemployment claims were not COVID-19 related. IWD also says November through February typically see an increase in unemployment claims due to seasonal layoffs in construction, agriculture, landscaping and manufacturing.

IowaWorks Centers are temporarily ceasing in-person services due to Governor Reynolds’ recent disaster emergency proclamation.

However, customers can still go to for more information and to continue searching for work.

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

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