Iowa Workforce Development: 40,952 claim unemployment between March 15-21

Floyd County has lingered at the top of the list for unemployment since Simply Essentials, a factory harboring over 500 workers, closed down in the summer of 2019. As of now, most of the country is dealing with larger and more widespread unemployment woes. The Iowa Workforce Development released that the week of March 15-21st, over 40,000 Iowans claimed unemployment insurance. This claim was well-over $10 million worth of benefits.

For Iowans that qualify, a household with four dependents can receive up to $591 per week. Those with no dependents can rake in just under $500, at $481. A person can only receive full-payments for 26 weeks.

Food service employees were hit the hardest with over 13,000 claiming for unemployment. 

Then it goes:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (4,936)
  • Education Services (2,698)  
  • Other Services (1,999)
  • Retail Trade (1,710)  

A release from the IWD states: 

“Iowa Workforce Development is receiving an unprecedented level of calls and we have several hundred staff answering those calls each day.”

Go to to make a claim.

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