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Unemployment claims in Iowa grow again, as businesses in 77 counties prepare to reopen and workers face important choices

The number of Iowans filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits grew slightly during the most recent reporting period, according to new numbers released by Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) on Thursday morning. A total of 28,827 first-time claims were filed in the week ending April 25. That’s 925 more first-time claims than were filed during the […]

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Another 46,000 unemployment claims filed in Iowa, as a new report estimates COVID-19 will cost state’s ag economy $6.3 billion

More than 46,000 first-time unemployment claims were filed in Iowa during the week ending April 11, Iowa Workforce Development reported on Thursday. The new claims were less than those reported during the previous two weeks but higher than the 41,890 first-time claims filed during the week ending March 21, the first period that reflected the impact of COVID-19 in the state. […]

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Reynolds: Do as you’re told, don’t ask questions

Gov. Kim Reynolds wants people to stop asking questions about how she is making decisions while directing the state’s response to COVID-19, and just do what she says. Reynolds and Iowa Department of Public Health officials constantly refer to “the metrics” they use for decisions, while offering little information about those metrics. Four of the […]

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COVID-19 causes unemployment to surge in Iowa

Almost 42,000 Iowans filed first-time claims for unemployment during the week starting March 15, Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) reported on Thursday. During the governor’s press conference last Friday, IWD Director Beth Townsend called the number of new unemployment filings her department was receiving “pretty staggering.” “Essentially, what we’re receiving on a daily basis is what […]

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Gov. Reynolds confirms ‘substantial community spread’ of COVID-19, will not order business closures (yet)

Governor Reynolds and state officials provide an update on COVID-19 response efforts in Iowa. Posted by Governor Kim Reynolds on Monday, March 16, 2020 During a late Monday afternoon press conference on COVID-19, Gov. Kim Reynolds said it was too soon for the state to impose restrictions on large public gatherings or on public spaces […]

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Ex-Iowa Finance Authority fired for sexual harassment shouldn’t be getting unemployment, judge rules

Former Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) Director Dave Jamison isn’t entitled to unemployment benefits an administrative law judge ruled on Thursday. Jamison was fired in March after IFA employees filed complaints against him alleging years of sexual harassment. The former director had originally been granted unemployment benefits and was paid $3,185 between April and June. Jamison […]

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