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Garold Wilson: (515) 281-6981
Patrick Callan: (515) 281-8180

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DES MOINES, IOWA – Total regular jobless benefits paid to Iowans in March increased by $3.1 million from February, according to Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) analysts.

Benefits totaling $44.1 million were paid to 46,323 claimants in March compared to $41.0 million paid to 47,641 jobless Iowans in February. An extra processing Wednesday accounted for most of the increase.

March 2004 benefit payments were $1.7 million above the March 2003 total of $42.4 million for 51,851 unemployed workers. The increase resulted from an extra processing Wednesday.

Temporary Emergency Unemployment Compensation (TEUC) benefits continued in March. TEUC benefits totaling $0.8 million were paid to 1,317 claimants. This total is down from $2.0 million paid to 2,832 jobless workers in February. This program paid up to 13 weeks of additional benefits to claimants who had exhausted their regular unemployment insurance benefits. By law, this program stopped taking new claimants in January and expired at the end of March 2004.

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 MARCH 2004

                   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      5,624     5,700    1,531     1,545   1,485,674     1,507,590
 ADAIR               420       420      122       122     108,499       108,499
 ADAMS               271       276       75        76      68,125        69,625
 ALLAMAKEE         1,542     1,579      363       367     399,195       407,832
 APPANOOSE           882       886      246       247     214,507       215,103
 AUDUBON             376       376       96        96      90,300        90,300
 BENTON            1,676     1,692      440       442     444,992       449,273
 BLACK HAWK        7,519     7,625    1,982     1,997   1,845,387     1,873,313
 BOONE             1,088     1,125      298       305     251,542       262,256
 BREMER            1,357     1,365      361       363     354,401       356,057
 BUCHANAN          1,398     1,416      370       373     369,068       374,073
 BUENA VISTA         703       712      185       188     171,451       173,581
 BUTLER            1,076     1,090      288       291     281,560       285,452
 CALHOUN             492       497      121       122     128,585       130,085
 CARROLL             694       699      183       184     171,090       172,590
 CASS              1,051     1,056      277       278     266,774       267,999
 CEDAR               995     1,017      270       275     262,534       267,883
 CERRO GORDO       2,805     2,813      698       700     641,094       643,582
 CHEROKEE            570       570      146       146     147,940       147,940
 CHICKASAW         1,423     1,435      354       356     359,768       363,124
 CLARKE              770       780      205       207     217,091       219,696
 CLAY                972       985      279       281     238,536       242,379
 CLAYTON           2,095     2,129      553       559     562,817       572,665
 CLINTON           2,866     2,882      768       770     669,997       674,426
 CRAWFORD            734       750      189       192     188,752       193,338
 DALLAS            1,662     1,680      447       449     446,769       451,339
 DAVIS               499       512      143       145     127,887       130,598
 DECATUR             463       463      123       123     118,577       118,577
 DELAWARE          1,555     1,569      440       443     421,868       426,185
 DES MOINES        2,732     2,745      736       737     694,288       696,307
 DICKINSON         1,243     1,250      406       406     303,082       303,808
 DUBUQUE           6,039     6,087    1,776     1,784   1,519,421     1,531,394
 EMMET               704       721      214       216     164,027       168,097
 FAYETTE           1,652     1,688      435       442     408,933       418,052
 FLOYD             1,496     1,514      406       410     341,602       346,612
 FRANKLIN            630       643      157       159     155,816       159,039
 FREMONT             194       197       46        47      46,859        47,792
 GREENE              514       518      133       133     139,736       140,716
 GRUNDY              486       491      135       135     127,482       128,567
 GUTHRIE             584       584      156       156     149,850       149,850
 HAMILTON            695       700      173       173     170,635       171,900
 HANCOCK             374       388       92        95      95,956       100,156
 HARDIN            1,222     1,240      304       307     302,763       307,220
 HARRISON            557       565      128       130     140,802       143,438
 HENRY             1,463     1,467      426       426     400,247       400,649
 HOWARD              527       541      132       135     141,885       145,628
 HUMBOLDT            523       531      137       138     130,568       132,764
 IDA                 453       459      106       107     124,825       126,739
 IOWA                820       823      216       216     196,378       197,087
 JACKSON           1,854     1,867      523       526     447,728       450,965
 JASPER            2,468     2,506      673       676     646,174       654,578
 JEFFERSON           839       839      235       235     201,889       201,889
 JOHNSON           4,042     4,121    1,099     1,108     980,299     1,002,029
 JONES             1,604     1,613      430       431     426,795       427,492
 KEOKUK              820       829      211       212     219,361       221,248
 KOSSUTH             830       867      217       221     206,736       217,172
 LEE               2,611     2,621      702       703     645,272       646,078
 LINN             12,641    12,726    3,450     3,468   3,231,320     3,253,153
 LOUISA              745       751      197       199     202,824       204,501
 LUCAS               629       634      154       155     148,683       149,798
 LYON                373       373       89        89      98,006        98,006
 MADISON             952       963      280       282     266,231       269,487
 MAHASKA           1,156     1,170      308       310     281,703       285,597
 MARION            1,842     1,859      461       462     464,327       467,581
 MARSHALL          2,006     2,025      496       500     519,075       524,643
 MILLS               354       363       92        94      87,972        90,867
 MITCHELL            390       400      102       102      97,238        99,262
 MONONA              799       810      197       199     211,447       214,767
 MONROE              478       488      126       128     121,045       123,837
 MONTGOMERY          578       578      183       184     124,801       124,808
 MUSCATINE         2,322     2,334      664       667     591,340       594,675
 O BRIEN             618       624      157       158     160,938       162,721
 OSCEOLA             220       224       69        69      50,991        51,751
 PAGE                589       599      166       169     133,546       136,404
 PALO ALTO           450       460      129       131     110,809       113,877
 PLYMOUTH          1,188     1,197      300       301     294,267       296,312
 POCAHONTAS          535       540      129       129     142,838       143,270
 POLK             19,862    20,017    5,392     5,417   5,176,525     5,214,256
 POTTAWATTAMIE     2,807     2,830      691       696     703,874       709,987
 POWESHIEK         1,308     1,315      363       364     346,843       348,078
 RINGGOLD            344       349       83        84      91,660        93,355
 SAC                 627       632      181       182     154,550       156,160
 SCOTT             7,354     7,391    1,970     1,976   1,752,953     1,762,568
 SHELBY              641       643      155       156     166,064       166,664
 SIOUX             1,405     1,410      364       364     370,895       372,300
 STORY             1,795     1,842      475       484     456,772       469,118
 TAMA              1,023     1,038      267       269     289,488       293,362
 TAYLOR              339       349       99       101      84,444        87,232
 UNION             1,083     1,089      330       331     272,669       274,093
 VAN BUREN           518       522      183       184     137,520       138,528
 WAPELLO           2,402     2,416      648       649     532,924       536,126
 WARREN            1,902     1,923      530       532     513,074       518,702
 WASHINGTON        1,494     1,494      401       401     411,518       411,518
 WAYNE               234       234       67        67      56,085        56,085
 WEBSTER           2,055     2,092      507       511     510,830       520,639
 WINNEBAGO           278       289       75        75      68,210        69,462
 WINNESHIEK        1,740     1,755      433       435     461,449       464,909
 WOODBURY          5,468     5,547    1,394     1,403   1,358,004     1,378,396
 WORTH               436       436      107       107     108,346       108,346
 WRIGHT              672       679      184       185     166,720       167,923
 INTERSTATE        5,521     5,588    1,438     1,448   1,482,198     1,497,203

 GRAND TOTAL     171,727   173,512   46,043    46,323  43,597,205    44,052,952

  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) MARCH 2004

                   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        190       190       65        65      47,752        47,752
 ADAIR                 7         7        2         2       1,368         1,368
 ADAMS                 5         5        2         2       1,352         1,352
 ALLAMAKEE            17        17        5         5       4,521         4,521
 APPANOOSE            16        16        6         6       3,880         3,880
 AUDUBON               6         6        3         3         990           990
 BENTON               33        33       13        13       8,631         8,631
 BLACK HAWK          180       180       59        59      36,271        36,271
 BOONE                 8         8        4         4       1,998         1,998
 BREMER               12        12        5         5       2,973         2,973
 BUCHANAN             17        17        9         9       3,370         3,370
 BUENA VISTA          20        20        6         6       5,558         5,558
 BUTLER               21        21        7         7       5,036         5,036
 CALHOUN               9         9        3         3       1,369         1,369
 CARROLL               8         8        4         4       1,926         1,926
 CASS                 23        23        8         8       4,494         4,494
 CEDAR                15        15        6         6       3,973         3,973
 CERRO GORDO          41        43       16        17       8,182         8,842
 CHEROKEE             24        24        6         6       5,601         5,601
 CHICKASAW            12        12        3         3       2,057         2,057
 CLARKE               12        12        4         4       2,636         2,636
 CLAY                 24        24        9         9       4,958         4,958
 CLAYTON              25        25        6         6       6,135         6,135
 CLINTON              92        92       35        35      18,760        18,760
 CRAWFORD              8         8        4         4       1,056         1,056
 DALLAS               34        34       11        11       8,817         8,817
 DAVIS                 8         8        4         4       2,055         2,055
 DELAWARE             32        32        9         9       7,886         7,886
 DES MOINES           60        60       25        25      15,414        15,414
 DICKINSON            17        17        8         8       4,275         4,275
 DUBUQUE              59        59       21        21      11,386        11,386
 EMMET                11        11        5         5       2,057         2,057
 FAYETTE              26        26       12        12       5,471         5,471
 FLOYD                12        12        3         3       3,152         3,152
 FRANKLIN              9        10        2         3       3,094         3,386
 FREMONT               2         2        1         1         455           455
 GREENE               14        14        3         3       2,529         2,529
 GRUNDY                7         7        2         2       1,686         1,686
 GUTHRIE               7         7        4         4       1,995         1,995
 HAMILTON              8         8        3         3       1,447         1,447
 HANCOCK              14        14        3         3       3,520         3,520
 HARDIN               20        20        8         8       4,336         4,336
 HARRISON              3         4        2         3         718         1,017
 HENRY                22        22        8         8       5,415         5,415
 HOWARD                7         7        3         3       1,644         1,644
 HUMBOLDT             24        24        6         6       5,898         5,898
 IDA                   3         3        1         1         678           678
 IOWA                 10        10        4         4       2,482         2,482
 JACKSON              35        35       11        11       7,253         7,253
 JASPER               31        31       12        12       8,344         8,344
 JEFFERSON            18        18        6         6       3,693         3,693
 JOHNSON             124       129       50        51      29,382        30,642
 JONES                37        37       13        13       8,235         8,235
 KEOKUK                8         8        4         4       1,483         1,483
 KOSSUTH               9        10        3         4       1,443         1,735
 LEE                  38        38       13        13       8,888         8,888
 LINN                334       334      124       124      81,529        81,529
 LOUISA                8         8        3         3       1,806         1,806
 LUCAS                12        12        4         4       1,941         1,941
 LYON                 13        13        4         4       1,437         1,437
 MADISON              12        12        3         3       3,801         3,801
 MAHASKA              11        11        4         4       1,458         1,458
 MARION               23        23        9         9       5,115         5,115
 MARSHALL             40        40       19        19       8,082         8,082
 MILLS                 9         9        3         3       2,368         2,368
 MITCHELL             13        13        4         4       3,240         3,240
 MONONA               24        24        7         7       6,095         6,095
 MONROE                6         6        3         3       1,364         1,364
 MONTGOMERY            6         6        3         3       1,229         1,229
 MUSCATINE            63        67       21        21      10,689        11,341
 O BRIEN               6         6        2         2         911           911
 PAGE                  7         7        3         3       1,142         1,142
 PALO ALTO             3         5        2         3         589           955
 PLYMOUTH             13        13        4         4       3,140         3,140
 POCAHONTAS           11        11        4         4       3,079         3,079
 POLK                577       583      196       198     144,471       146,311
 POTTAWATTAMIE        81        82       30        30      18,257        18,417
 POWESHIEK            19        19        8         8       5,177         5,177
 RINGGOLD             13        13        5         5       2,838         2,838
 SAC                   7         7        3         3       1,473         1,473
 SCOTT               160       162       56        56      34,785        35,363
 SHELBY                3         3        1         1         699           699
 SIOUX                14        14        6         6       4,545         4,545
 STORY                19        20       10        11       4,515         4,807
 TAMA                 43        43       17        17      10,693        10,693
 TAYLOR               11        11        3         3       1,989         1,989
 UNION                26        26        9         9       5,180         5,180
 VAN BUREN             3         3        1         1         795           795
 WAPELLO              63        63       25        25      12,038        12,038
 WARREN               49        49       19        19      13,267        13,267
 WASHINGTON           13        13        6         6       3,154         3,154
 WAYNE                 5         5        2         2       1,493         1,493
 WEBSTER              45        45       15        15       9,347         9,347
 WINNEBAGO             6         8        3         3         670           947
 WINESHIEK            37        37       12        12      10,091        10,091
 WOODBURY            119       124       42        44      24,981        26,035
 WORTH                 4         5        2         3         848           882
 WRIGHT               22        22        7         7       5,266         5,266
 INTERSTATE          121       122       50        51      30,680        30,972

 GRAND TOTAL       3,608     3,643    1,304     1,317     836,239       844,586

  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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