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Federal Unemployment Benefits Program Ending in Iowa

Citing a strong labor market and recovering Iowa economy, Governor Reynolds has announced the state will end its participation in the federal unemployment benefits program.

Reynolds says, “Federal pandemic-related unemployment benefit programs initially provided displaced Iowans with crucial assistance when the pandemic began, but now that our businesses and schools have reopened, these payments are discouraging people from returning to work.” She added,  “The state’s unemployment rate is 3.7 percent, vaccines are available to anyone who wants one, and we have more jobs available than unemployed people.”

This week will be the last week the following pandemic-relation benefits will be available: Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC)

Iowa will continue to provide regular state unemployment insurance benefits to those eligible under the applicable state code.

According to Iowa Workforce Development, the number of initial unemployment claims in Iowa, filed between Sunday, April 25, and Saturday, May 1, was 3,375, a decrease of 580 from last week’s adjusted numbers. For the week ending May 1, 2021, just over 54% of claimants indicated their claims were not COVID-19 related, which is up from just under 51% the previous week.   

In March, the unemployment rate was 4.6% in Floyd County, 4.1% in Chickasaw County, 4.5% in Butler County, 3.4% in Mitchell County, 4.1% in Franklin County, 4.3% in Cerro Gordo County, 4.8% in Howard County, 3.4% in Bremer County, and 4.7% in Worth County. April’s unemployment rates have not yet been released.

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Mark Pitz

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