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DES MOINES, IOWA – Total regular unemployment benefits paid to Iowans in 2003 increased by nearly $16 million from 2002, according to Iowa Workforce Development analysts.

Benefits totaling $385.8 million were paid to 142,978 claimants in 2003 for 1,571,540 weeks of unemployment. This compares to $369.9 million paid to 145,731 jobless workers for 1,528,325 weeks in 2002. Softness in the national economy was responsible for the rise in jobless claims with all of the increase occurring during the first eight months of 2003. During the last four months, year-to-year comparisons of similar weeks showed claims to be steady to lower.

The 2003 average weekly regular unemployment benefit amount was $248.94 compared to the 2002 average weekly benefit amount of $244.77.

Temporary Emergency Unemployment Compensation (TEUC) benefits totaling $74.5 million were paid to 36,987 claimants in 2003. This compares to $66.8 million in TEUC benefits paid to 31,817 claimants in 2002 during the first nine months the TEUC program was in effect. The TEUC program, enacted by Congress in March 2002, pays up to 13 weeks of additional benefits to claimants who have exhausted their regular unemployment insurance benefits. The 2003 average weekly TEUC benefit payment was $239.95.

Iowa Workforce Development, in cooperation with its many partner organizations, operates 71 offices serving all 99 Iowa counties. Sixteen regional workforce centers offer a one-stop experience for accessing many programs, products and services for job seekers, employers, students, economic developers and other community stakeholders.

IWD’s core services include job placement services for individuals; worker recruitment assistance to employers; training services to low-income and disadvantaged Iowans; worker protection and safety programs (inspections, consultation and education services); unemployment insurance programs and services; information regarding choices about careers, industries, labor availability and more; workers’ compensation benefits/entitlement; and technical assistance for employers.

Services, in most instances, are provided at no charge or for a nominal charge to the customer.


                          IOWA JOBLESS BENEFITS 2003 

                   WEEKS COMPENSATED, TOTAL PAYOUT, BY COUNTY
                          (STATE AND FEDERAL PROGRAMS)

                        *WEEKS*          *RECIPIENTS*          *BENEFITS PAID*
 NAME OF COUNTY_______UI_____TOTAL________UI____TOTAL_________UI__________TOTAL
 OUT OF STATE     59,806    60,476    6,025     6,074  15,368,073    15,553,331
 ADAIR             3,681     3,713      402       404     889,305       898,077
 ADAMS             2,216     2,254      244       246     510,431       518,226
 ALLAMAKEE         9,678     9,787      736       741   2,289,016     2,313,589
 APPANOOSE         7,176     7,209      715       716   1,661,100     1,670,428
 AUDUBON           2,401     2,406      204       204     566,559       568,199
 BENTON           14,304    14,346    1,256     1,258   3,658,678     3,670,617
 BLACK HAWK       72,085    72,661    7,170     7,197  17,341,728    17,483,948
 BOONE             9,487     9,563      889       894   2,339,643     2,359,781
 BREMER           11,479    11,583    1,235     1,241   2,911,212     2,934,433
 BUCHANAN         11,146    11,196    1,248     1,251   2,837,438     2,850,768
 BUENA VISTA       6,811     6,856      856       857   1,584,533     1,596,293
 BUTLER            9,395     9,435      926       929   2,381,446     2,392,628
 CALHOUN           3,757     3,819      297       298     927,090       941,649
 CARROLL           5,237     5,285      463       464   1,205,272     1,216,450
 CASS              8,564     8,578      781       783   2,069,226     2,073,076
 CEDAR             7,275     7,378      716       723   1,845,931     1,872,409
 CERRO GORDO      22,483    22,633    2,302     2,309   5,280,257     5,321,442
 CHEROKEE          5,052     5,098      461       463   1,216,529     1,225,717
 CHICKASAW        10,437    10,465      890       891   2,631,403     2,636,848
 CLARKE            9,768     9,899      649       652   2,651,285     2,675,569
 CLAY              8,908     8,971      950       951   2,064,433     2,080,531
 CLAYTON          13,262    13,445    1,367     1,378   3,355,179     3,407,085
 CLINTON          29,578    29,791    2,874     2,880   6,800,624     6,853,657
 CRAWFORD          5,930     5,949      482       486   1,402,971     1,408,253
 DALLAS           15,076    15,190    1,344     1,352   4,072,958     4,100,545
 DAVIS             4,386     4,401      461       463   1,069,570     1,071,546
 DECATUR           4,892     4,916      358       359   1,254,320     1,260,291
 DELAWARE         10,815    10,891    1,181     1,188   2,727,272     2,750,669
 DES MOINES       28,808    29,085    2,966     2,974   7,048,642     7,110,067
 DICKINSON        10,214    10,268    1,188     1,193   2,420,175     2,431,119
 DUBUQUE          45,140    45,432    4,666     4,682  10,776,030    10,843,677
 EMMET             7,140     7,197      786       788   1,656,535     1,667,872
 FAYETTE          12,939    13,092    1,392     1,400   3,015,803     3,056,789
 FLOYD             9,262     9,318    1,026     1,029   2,140,946     2,155,024
 FRANKLIN          4,807     4,921      494       497   1,205,399     1,227,988
 FREMONT           1,525     1,565      151       152     370,648       380,839
 GREENE            3,290     3,292      302       303     806,283       806,889
 GRUNDY            5,054     5,083      514       517   1,305,972     1,312,874
 GUTHRIE           4,736     4,736      408       408   1,242,924     1,242,924
 HAMILTON          7,092     7,142      540       542   1,713,444     1,723,585
 HANCOCK           4,651     4,653      928       928   1,118,672     1,119,180
 HARDIN            9,565     9,658      775       780   2,376,735     2,397,370
 HARRISON          4,801     4,855      400       404   1,146,991     1,163,105
 HENRY            16,966    17,017    1,644     1,647   4,414,140     4,420,249
 HOWARD            3,710     3,737      316       320     912,804       920,379
 HUMBOLDT          4,164     4,245      345       346   1,009,947     1,026,556
 IDA               2,701     2,751      228       231     666,286       676,908
 IOWA              6,343     6,428      717       719   1,541,128     1,560,466
 JACKSON          17,046    17,131    1,519     1,525   4,049,848     4,075,217
 JASPER           22,408    22,639    1,902     1,912   5,881,179     5,926,629
 JEFFERSON         9,483     9,538      956       960   2,344,359     2,359,886
 JOHNSON          35,520    36,275    3,268     3,300   8,479,895     8,668,007
 JONES            11,616    11,687    1,057     1,062   2,881,385     2,899,730
 KEOKUK            5,679     5,679      591       591   1,431,207     1,431,207
 KOSSUTH           8,011     8,172      986       993   1,979,502     2,023,749
 LEE              28,566    28,685    2,702     2,708   6,887,403     6,918,221
 LINN            119,166   119,890    9,901     9,942  30,140,260    30,318,997
 LOUISA            5,862     5,967      555       560   1,487,652     1,517,189
 LUCAS             5,070     5,108      387       388   1,248,243     1,252,617
 LYON              3,742     3,757      259       260     866,509       870,744
 MADISON           7,767     7,821      663       667   2,150,598     2,167,374
 MAHASKA          11,690    11,721    1,324     1,326   2,853,166     2,860,599
 MARION           16,348    16,641    1,794     1,807   4,120,764     4,186,803
 MARSHALL         25,112    25,223    1,887     1,895   6,359,386     6,382,547
 MILLS             3,079     3,171      286       293     724,289       745,918
 MITCHELL          2,995     3,027      305       306     684,157       692,481
 MONONA            4,992     5,058      392       394   1,226,787     1,238,582
 MONROE            4,680     4,710      446       448   1,133,035     1,141,527
 MONTGOMERY        7,483     7,545      835       840   1,621,031     1,638,524
 MUSCATINE        19,566    19,784    1,856     1,864   4,709,668     4,744,360
 O BRIEN           5,239     5,296      435       438   1,325,962     1,342,909
 OSCEOLA           1,927     1,943      181       182     462,737       467,409
 PAGE              6,810     6,863      667       671   1,527,047     1,543,183
 PALO ALTO         3,728     3,791      443       446     846,788       863,140
 PLYMOUTH          9,533     9,665      822       828   2,408,113     2,442,935
 POCAHONTAS        4,451     4,460      390       390   1,107,694     1,109,914
 POLK            188,330   189,935   15,724    15,798  48,820,318    49,210,206
 POTTAWATTAMIE    25,785    26,145    2,173     2,189   6,102,996     6,193,015
 POWESHIEK        11,030    11,061    1,053     1,053   2,824,545     2,825,063
 RINGGOLD          2,169     2,174      186       187     519,213       520,908
 SAC               4,511     4,522      398       399   1,084,472     1,088,014
 SCOTT            66,844    67,220    5,705     5,730  15,648,330    15,751,988
 SHELBY            4,500     4,544      377       381   1,054,174     1,066,551
 SIOUX             9,138     9,167      718       720   2,214,083     2,222,482
 STORY            16,607    17,031    1,455     1,478   4,061,338     4,175,854
 TAMA             20,455    20,596    1,317     1,323   5,297,236     5,326,974
 TAYLOR            2,660     2,687      280       282     618,576       626,047
 UNION             9,531     9,598    1,041     1,045   2,295,322     2,308,882
 VAN BUREN         4,978     5,005      586       588   1,258,559     1,266,796
 WAPELLO          23,150    23,243    2,124     2,128   5,471,057     5,495,305
 WARREN           16,056    16,115    1,358     1,364   4,371,642     4,387,692
 WASHINGTON        9,184     9,214      927       927   2,322,004     2,323,089
 WAYNE             2,761     2,787      305       306     660,645       668,523
 WEBSTER          18,096    18,441    1,500     1,513   4,346,107     4,428,697
 WINNEBAGO         4,175     4,228      855       857     984,779       997,125
 WINNESHIEK       12,254    12,351    1,241     1,248   2,983,381     3,009,457
 WOODBURY         46,342    46,965    3,765     3,792  11,234,666    11,388,482
 WORTH             3,285     3,316      434       435     762,924       771,125
 WRIGHT            6,487     6,587      558       563   1,500,560     1,520,892
 INTERSTATE       64,471    64,692    4,152     4,164  13,381,609    13,433,125

 GRAND TOTAL   1,558,361 1,571,540  142,309   142,978 382,560,188   385,786,606

  UI BENEFITS ARE PAID UNDER THE IOWA UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAM.  FEDERAL
  BENEFITS ARE PAID UNDER THE PROGRAM OF UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION FOR FEDERAL
  EMPLOYEES AND SERVICE PERSONNEL.  THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE UI VALUE AND THE
  TOTAL VALUE IS THE FEDERAL VALUE.  OUT OF STATE BENEFITS ARE THOSE PAYMENTS
  MADE TO NON-RESIDENTS WHO WORKED IN IOWA AND FILE CLAIMS IN IOWA.  INTERSTATE
  BENEFITS ARE THOSE PAYMENTS MADE TO NON-RESIDENTS WHO WORKED IN IOWA AND FILE
  CLAIMS IN OTHER STATES.



                      IOWA JOBLESS BENEFITS TEUC 2003 
                  WEEKS COMPENSATED, TOTAL PAYOUT, BY COUNTY
                          (STATE AND FEDERAL PROGRAMS)

                        *WEEKS*          *RECIPIENTS*          *BENEFITS PAID*
 NAME OF COUNTY_______UI_____TOTAL________UI____TOTAL_________UI__________TOTAL
OUT OF STATE      12,966    13,253    1,651     1,676   3,142,710     3,222,418
ADAIR                567       567       73        73     132,239       132,239
ADAMS                442       442       48        48     104,265       104,265
ALLAMAKEE          1,318     1,335      156       158     289,739       292,872
APPANOOSE          1,283     1,283      160       160     293,384       293,384
AUDUBON              381       381       45        45      83,804        83,804
BENTON             3,283     3,290      367       368     831,461       832,742
BLACK HAWK        14,088    14,235    1,701     1,711   3,173,111     3,208,251
BOONE              1,745     1,768      219       221     414,116       420,817
BREMER             1,655     1,696      193       197     396,891       406,015
BUCHANAN           1,823     1,836      229       230     426,191       430,052
BUENA VISTA        1,092     1,099      138       139     257,162       257,757
BUTLER             1,471     1,480      183       183     341,316       343,346
CALHOUN              677       680       80        80     170,736       171,393
CARROLL              896       909      113       114     212,997       216,936
CASS               1,562     1,562      195       195     357,733       357,733
CEDAR              1,267     1,288      142       145     314,335       318,630
CERRO GORDO        4,891     4,945      549       552   1,083,834     1,095,387
CHEROKEE             949       987      113       114     211,174       216,552
CHICKASAW          1,444     1,456      169       170     349,705       353,209
CLARKE             2,463     2,489      243       244     665,953       670,630
CLAY               1,880     1,881      213       213     408,707       408,736
CLAYTON            1,600     1,634      208       212     357,971       364,884
CLINTON            5,790     5,834      712       716   1,278,942     1,291,983
CRAWFORD           1,138     1,138      140       140     263,283       263,283
DALLAS             2,988     2,999      353       354     774,533       776,381
DAVIS                756       756       90        91     168,162       168,445
DECATUR            1,066     1,097      124       126     280,891       288,499
DELAWARE           3,083     3,083      257       257     775,209       775,209
DES MOINES         6,424     6,490      725       727   1,480,446     1,491,575
DICKINSON          1,321     1,334      188       189     306,360       310,299
DUBUQUE            6,935     6,977      845       847   1,561,205     1,570,720
EMMET              1,112     1,122      136       137     254,804       256,634
FAYETTE            1,937     1,967      253       256     438,735       446,051
FLOYD              1,746     1,756      226       226     368,385       370,572
FRANKLIN             875       880      110       111     213,652       215,112
FREMONT              327       327       41        41      80,110        80,110
GREENE               560       560       71        71     130,768       130,768
GRUNDY               724       734       95        95     182,605       184,542
GUTHRIE              955       955      114       114     237,888       237,888
HAMILTON           1,709     1,722      187       187     383,991       387,332
HANCOCK              766       766       91        91     178,231       178,231
HARDIN             2,585     2,592      278       278     636,274       637,056
HARRISON           1,014     1,018      127       128     221,087       222,283
HENRY              3,578     3,590      363       364     943,563       944,726
HOWARD               587       598       81        82     130,401       133,465
HUMBOLDT             787       799       95        95     176,876       177,926
IDA                  441       457       54        56      94,360        96,341
IOWA               1,039     1,050      127       128     258,444       259,627
JACKSON            3,747     3,779      382       385     847,102       856,526
JASPER             4,836     4,860      536       538   1,223,318     1,226,330
JEFFERSON          2,092     2,092      252       252     512,013       512,013
JOHNSON            6,328     6,495      785       799   1,507,474     1,550,657
JONES              2,273     2,281      279       280     551,163       553,491
KEOKUK               890       890      110       110     212,165       212,165
KOSSUTH            1,212     1,229      147       149     272,693       277,657
LEE                6,147     6,187      735       738   1,348,228     1,358,487
LINN              28,145    28,367    3,115     3,129   6,987,989     7,039,955
LOUISA               909       942      128       131     220,036       230,544
LUCAS              1,290     1,297      149       149     298,979       299,665
LYON                 851       851       98        98     179,399       179,399
MADISON            1,298     1,302      147       148     339,519       340,687
MAHASKA            2,559     2,574      288       290     596,357       600,635
MARION             2,987     3,012      374       376     714,179       721,288
MARSHALL           5,039     5,064      703       704   1,231,000     1,234,610
MILLS                521       534       69        70     117,008       120,947
MITCHELL             625       638       70        71     137,678       141,244
MONONA               818       835      105       105     184,835       186,791
MONROE               724       737       89        90     168,721       172,517
MONTGOMERY         1,054     1,067      141       142     228,569       232,365
MUSCATINE          3,498     3,538      427       429     815,002       820,515
O BRIEN              958       960      113       114     240,440       240,606
OSCEOLA              317       317       37        37      74,197        74,197
PAGE               1,476     1,487      173       175     323,495       327,243
PALO ALTO            627       641       80        82     130,111       134,584
PLYMOUTH           1,652     1,687      209       212     382,278       392,687
POCAHONTAS           968       968      119       119     219,755       219,755
POLK              40,846    41,200    4,798     4,823  10,253,713    10,340,617
POTTAWATTAMIE      5,224     5,323      614       624   1,212,672     1,239,549
POWESHIEK          1,797     1,807      242       242     443,971       444,118
RINGGOLD             532       532       56        56     123,812       123,812
SAC                  835       835       99        99     189,385       189,385
SCOTT             13,765    13,837    1,626     1,631   3,158,376     3,175,147
SHELBY               708       708       90        90     157,765       157,765
SIOUX              1,295     1,295      160       160     287,473       287,473
STORY              3,453     3,502      403       408     847,126       861,254
TAMA               2,972     2,978      554       555     724,948       726,700
TAYLOR               609       610       65        66     146,877       147,169
UNION              1,945     1,960      197       198     479,266       483,103
VAN BUREN            913       913      105       105     228,213       228,213
WAPELLO            4,833     4,834      589       590   1,090,587     1,090,870
WARREN             3,337     3,337      386       386     868,479       868,479
WASHINGTON         1,579     1,579      199       199     370,573       370,573
WAYNE                514       522       65        66     116,938       119,362
WEBSTER            3,859     3,941      479       485     871,196       885,504
WINNEBAGO            702       714       80        81     154,445       157,610
WINESHIEK          2,039     2,069      193       196     475,525       482,967
WOODBURY           9,777     9,837    1,194     1,201   2,301,751     2,317,540
WORTH                672       677       81        82     146,306       147,732
WRIGHT             1,360     1,380      166       168     285,189       291,037
INTERSTATE        11,716    11,773    1,395     1,399   2,982,691     2,995,990

 GRAND TOTAL     309,109   311,891   36,767    36,987  73,819,718    74,486,631

  EXTENDED UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION - UI PAYMENTS ARE PAID TO CLAIMANTS WHO
    HAVE EXHAUSTED THEIR ENTITLEMENT UNDER THE IOWA UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
    PROGRAM AND APPLICABLE EXTENDED BENEFITS. FEDERAL BENEFITS ARE PAID TO
    CLAIMANTS WHO HAVE EXHAUSTED THEIR ENTITLEMENT UNDER THE PROGRAMS OF
    UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATI ON FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AND SERVICE PERSONNEL. OUT
    OF STATE BENEFITS ARE THOSE PAYMENTS MADE TO NON-RESIDENTS WHO WORKED IN
    IOWA AND FILE CLAIMS IN  IOWA. INTERSTATE BENEFITS ARE THOSE PAYMENTS TO
    NON-RESIDENTS WHO WORKED IN IOWA AND FILE CLAIMS IN OTHER STATES.

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