Americans – and Iowans specifically – are being laid off by the bucket full. The last two weeks alone, 100,000 Iowans have applied for unemployment benefits due to the coronavirus fiasco. This adds up to over $13 million in total benefits paid to unemployed Iowans before March 27th – this will grow.
The breakdown of unemployment filings went like this:
Food and accommodation services: 12,519
Health care: 7,490
Retail trade: 5,888
And many more.
In America, conversely, the total unemployed has rocketed to 6.6 million in the last two weeks – hundreds of thousands more than even the biggest recessions in the counties history.
The IWD website is receiving a plethora of foot-traffic but have filed most every request that has come in. Payments are not yet authorized and have not been released yet.
To apply for unemployment benefits visit: www.IowaWorkforceDevelopment.gov