Nebraska’s unemployment claims dip slightly while Iowa’s claims go up

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Published: Dec. 31, 2020 at 11:06 AM CST
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(AP) - OMAHA, Neb. & DES MOINES, Iowa - New unemployment and pandemic assistance claims in Nebraska dropped slightly last week and Iowa officials say the number of initial unemployment claims increased slightly last week.

The Nebraska Department of Labor says it received 2,680 new unemployment claims and 284 pandemic unemployment assistance claims during the week that ended Saturday.

Those numbers are down by a total of 65 from the previous week.

State officials say the number of continuing unemployment claims was 11,596, while the number of continuing pandemic assistance claims 5,606.

Those numbers are down by a total of 636 from the prior week.

The Iowa Workforce Development said Thursday that 7,644 Iowans filed initial unemployment claims in the week ending Saturday.

That’s an increase of 373 from the previous week.

A total of 38,296 continuing weekly unemployment claims were recorded last week, an increase of 804 from the prior week.

Unemployment claims are generally higher between November through February because of seasonal layoffs in construction, agriculture, landscaping, and manufacturing.

The agency said 70.6% of claimants who filed last week indicated their claims were not COVID-19 related, an increase from 68.9% the previous week.

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