April 2021 Unemployment Rate Released

Iowa Workforce Development Communications
For Immediate Release
Date: May 21, 2021
Contact: Molly Elder
Telephone: 515-725-4116
Email:  molly.elder@iwd.iowa.gov

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Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 3.8 percent from 3.7 percent in March. For more information please visit our Labor Market Information website located here: https://www.iowalmi.gov/labor-market-information-division

Employment and Unemployment in Iowa, Seasonally Adjusted Data
           
        Change from
  April March April March April
  2021 2021 2020 2021 2020
           
Civilian labor force 1,640,600 1,638,000 1,712,600 2,600 -72,000
Unemployment 61,600 60,800 190,200 800 -128,600
Unemployment rate 3.8% 3.7% 11.1% 0.1 -7.3
Employment 1,578,900 1,577,100 1,522,400 1,800 56,500
           
U.S. unemployment rate 6.1% 6.0% 14.8% 0.1 -8.7
           
Nonfarm Employment in Iowa, Seasonally Adjusted Data
           
Total Nonfarm Employment 1,517,400 1,523,200 1,412,500 -5,800 104,900
Mining 2,300 2,300 2,200 0 100
Construction 76,400 79,500 74,600 -3,100 1,800
Manufacturing 219,400 219,800 212,900 -400 6,500
Trade, transportation and utilities 304,300 306,800 281,600 -2,500 22,700
Information 17,900 17,900 18,700 0 -800
Financial activities 110,300 110,700 108,300 -400 2,000
Professional and business services 134,500 136,000 129,600 -1,500 4,900
Education and health services 221,100 221,500 207,600 -400 13,500
Leisure and hospitality 123,000 121,900 78,300 1,100 44,700
Other services 56,400 55,300 48,500 1,100 7,900
Government 251,800 251,500 250,200 300 1,600
 (above data subject to revision)          

 

Unemployment Insurance Claims for Iowa
           
        % Change from
  April March April March April
  2021 2021 2020 2021 2020
           
Initial claims 22,145 24,052 157,324 -7.9% -85.9%
Continued claims          
     Benefit recipients 32,781 44,741 182,659 -26.7% -82.1%
     Weeks paid 97,820 167,349 652,623 -41.5% -85.0%
     Amount paid $38,213,174 $67,792,633 $213,451,863 -43.6% -82.1%

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