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Unemployment claims increase in Iowa over the last week

The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Gulf Coast region (Bay, Franklin, and Gulf counties)...
The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Gulf Coast region (Bay, Franklin, and Gulf counties) was 5.1% in August 2020.(AP)
Published: Nov. 19, 2020 at 8:35 AM CST
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) - Iowa Workforce Development reported a total of 6,312 initial unemployment claims were filed in Iowa between November 8 and November 14.

That’s an increase of 1,095 from last week’s adjusted initial claims number.

Continuing weekly unemployment claims totaled 35,242, a slight increase from the previous reporting period.

IWD reported that nearly 44.1 percent of claimants indicated their unemployment claims were not COVID-19 related. IWD says November through February are normally the months with the most unemployment claims due to seasonal layoffs in construction, agriculture, landscaping and manufacturing.

IowaWORKS centers will temporarily halt in-person services due to Governor Reynolds’ recent Disaster Emergency Proclamation. Job search activities can be done at IowaWORKS.gov.

For more information on this week’s unemployment data, click here.

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