Statewide Iowa — The number of initial claims in Iowa, filed between Sunday, May 10th, and Saturday, May 16th, was 13,040, according to information released by Iowa Workforce Development. There were 12,011 initial claims by individuals who work and live in Iowa, and 1,029 claims by individuals who work in Iowa and live in another state.
The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims was 187,375.
Unemployment insurance benefit payments totaled $50,962,509.01 for the same week.
The industries with the most claims during the period were: Manufacturing (4,679); Self-employed, Independent Contractors, etc. (1,251); Health Care & Social Assistance (1,216); Retail Trade (827); and Accommodation & Food Services (785).
A total of $106,809,600 in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefits was paid during the week of May 10th-16th. Since April 4th, a total of $651,345,000 in benefits has been paid. That’s down about a million dollars from the May 3rd through 9th total of $7,589,384.85.
Employees and employers who have questions regarding returning to work should review the Frequently Asked Questions for each group on the IWD website. They have recently updated these questions regarding the various scenarios as businesses reopen and employees are recalled. Employers should visit https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/sites/search.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/files/content-files/FAQs%20Employers%2005.0520.pdf 
Employees can find answers at https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/sites/search.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/files/content-files/FAQs%20Workers%2005.18.20.pdf 
For more information on the total data for this week’s unemployment claims, please visit https://www.iowalmi.gov/unemployment-insurance-statistics