Filing for Unemployment Due to COVID-19

Unemployment numbers in Iowa have soared due to COVID-19.

More than 58,000 people filed unemployment claims in Iowa last week as efforts to slow the spread of the Coronavirus took a toll on the state’s economy. Iowa Workforce Development reported Thursday that there were 58,453 claims for unemployment insurance filed last week. The figures came after a surge of nearly 42,000 claims last week. Nationally, more than 6.6 million people filed for unemployment benefits last week. The largest number of Iowa claims were from workers in accommodation and food service businesses, which saw 12,519 people seek benefits.

Deputy Director Ryan West says all business sectors are being impacted by the current COVID-19 situation, but it seems to be affecting three in particular.

Restaurants and retailers seem to be among the hardest hit with laid off workers. He says if you need to file an unemployment claim, you can go online at

West explains how unemployment benefits work.

And there are options for those who are self-employed.

West says he’s not sure how long it will take for the workforce to bounce back once the COVID-19 concerns die down, but he knows if anyone can overcome, it’s Iowans.

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