DES MOINES, IOwa - Jobless claims are down in Iowa for the second week in a row.
They dropped by almost 2,800 - 2,780 to 13,040 - from 15,820 the week before.
And importantly, the ongoing jobless insurance claims which reflect the actual unemployment rate are down for the first time since the pandemic started.
Ongoing claims are down by more than 2,000 - 2,268 to 187,375. Ongoing claims dropped below the 190,000 mark.
Unemployment benefits totaling $50,962,509,01 were paid out for last week.
The industries with the most claims were:
- Manufacturing (4,679)
- Industry Not Available – Self-employed, Independent Contractors, etc. (1,251)
- Health Care & Social Assistance (1,216)
- Retail Trade (827)
- Accommodation & Food Services (785)