For the 3rd consecutive week, the number of initial unemployment claims filed by displaced Jasper County workers has decreased. Iowa Workforce Development says 179 initial claims were filed from May 11th through the 16th. That’s down from the 265 initial jobless claims filed the week ending May 9th, and the 322 claims initiated the week before. Ongoing unemployment claims in the County last week totaled 2-thousand 80, down from 2-thousand 118 the week ending May 9th…but up from the 1-thousand 994 continuing claims from the week ending May 2nd.
Across the state the number of first-time unemployment claims dropped again last week. Iowa Workforce Development reports the new claims were 13-thousand-40. That’s down by nearly 28-hundred from the previous week. The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims was 187-thousand-375 — which is down by nearly 27-hundred — which is the first drop in ongoing claims in nine-weeks. Manufacturing saw the most new claims last week with around 47-hundred. Self-employed and Health Care each saw more than 12-hundred new claims.