Unemployment claims up last week statewide

The number of ongoing unemployment claims were up last week.

Continuing claims were up by more than 5,878 in the last week — along with an increase of 1,095 new claims. Iowa Workforce Development says around 69% of the new claims were not COVID-19 related — and likely related to season layoffs that are prevalent this time of year.

The total continuing unemployment claims were 43,901.

This story originally appeared on the Voice of Muscatine. Read More local stories here.

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