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DES MOINES, IOWA – Iowa unemployment insurance benefit payments for November 2004 totaled $17.3 million for 22,970 claimants, analysts at the Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) said today.

The November total represented an increase of $0.8 million from the October 2004 value of $16.5 million for 21,050 jobless Iowans. Construction claims were seasonally higher.

The current benefit payments are down from the November 2003 total of $21.3 million for 29,530 unemployed workers. The decline was concentrated in the manufacturing and the entertainment sectors.

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.

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