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Between Aug. 2-8, unemployment claims down to 5,282 in Iowa

Unemployment checks have been passed out at a record pace this year. Though, last week was the first time since late March that the number of weekly citizens opting for unemployment benegfits has dipped below 1 million – at 963,000.

The numbers between August 2nd and August 8th were hopeful in Iowa as well:

The number of initial claims in Iowa, filed between Sunday, Aug. 2, and Saturday, Aug. 8, was 5,282. The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims for Aug. 2-8 was 92,853, a decrease of 11,463 from the previous week.   

Unemployment insurance benefit payments totaled $27,031,323.13 for the week of Aug. 2-8. The following industries had the most claims: 

  • Manufacturing (1,132)
  • Industry Not Available – Self-employed, Independent Contractors, etc. (539)
  • Health Care & Social Assistance (514)
  • Retail (421)
  • Accommodation & Food Services (373)

A total of $13,876,200 in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefits was paid during the week of Aug. 2-8, 2020. Since April 4, 2020, a total of $1,572,949,543 in FPUC benefits has been paid.

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Carter Melrose

Carter bullied his way onto the KCHA radio waves after spending 4 years at the University of Iowa as a studying journalist. He writes news, short stories, features, but more than anything, he has a proclivity to wax philosophically.
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