Iowa’s continuing weekly unemployment fell to 71,644 people last week, the lowest it’s been since the pandemic began in March. According to Iowa Workforce Development, there were 5,689 initial unemployment claims in the week ending September 5th. Unemployment insurance benefit payments added up to $20.169 million for the week. The industries with the most claims were manufacturing (1,311), self-employed or independent contractors (682), accommodation and food services (565), health care and social assistance (490), and construction (385).

The state has been informed that the “Lost Wages Assistance” program has ended. Iowans whose unemployment is the result of the pandemic and are eligible for at least $100 per week will qualify for a maximum of six weeks of $300 in additional weekly benefits.