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14,586 Iowans file for unemployment between May 17-23

The number of people filing for unemployment benefits continues to steadily drop as the months drip by. The number of initial claims in Iowa, filed between Sunday, May 17, and Saturday, May 23, was 14,586. 

The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims was 180,679.

Unemployment insurance benefit payments totaled $48,828,481.83 for the same week. 

The following industries had the most claims: 

  • Manufacturing (3,835)
  • Industry Not Available – Self-employed, Independent Contractors, etc. (2,382)
  • Health Care & Social Assistance (1,399)

This week IWD began to process Pandemic Extended Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits for individuals who have already received 26 weeks of benefits prior to or during the pandemic.  Claimants can expect to see deposits early next week for these claims including retroactive payments of PEUC and FPUC payments. 

For more information on the total data for this week’s unemployment claims, please visit

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