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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