Iowa Workforce Development reports the number of first-time claims for unemployment was nearly 29-thousand in the last week.
Some businesses forced to closed by the coronavirus outbreak will be allow to re-open in 77 counties beginning Friday.
Beth Townsend, the director of Iowa Workforce Development says some laid off Iowans called back to work may be able to refuse for a few, virus-related reasons and keep getting unemployment benefits, but citing general workplace safety concerns as a reason will be difficult to prove.
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I-W-D deputy director Ryan West says many employers were searching for workers prior to the pandemic — and that hasn’t really changed.
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The 28-thousand-827 new unemployment claims is 975 more than the first-time claims filed the week before.
The last six weeks have seen record or near record unemployment filings — with the peak week of 64-thousand-194.