Jobless claims increase in Iowa from COVID-19

Jobless claims increase in Iowa from COVID-19

DES MOINES — The number of initial claims filed between March 15-21 — the first time period that reflects the increased number of claims filed related to COVID-19, including the broader group of individuals eligible for claims due to the virus — was 40,952.

The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims as a result of COVID-19 will be available next Thursday.

A total of $10,674,711.86 in unemployment insurance benefits were paid to Iowans for the week ending on March 20.

The top five industries with the most COVID-19 related claims in that time period are:

• Accommodation and Food Services (13,364)

• Health Care and Social Assistance (4,936)

• Education Services (2,698)

• Other Services (1,999)

• Retail Trade (1,710)

Iowa Workforce Development successfully processed all of the initial unemployment insurance claims received in this time frame despite the significant surge in claims.

Iowa Workforce Development encourages the public to visit to file for their initial and weekly unemployment insurance claim.

While there, claimants will be able to get helpful information regarding unemployment insurance eligibility and receive the latest updated information.

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

However, long waits are resulting from the surge and many of the questions can be answered by the information contained on our website.

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

Quad-City Times​


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