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

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DES MOINES, IOWA – Total jobless benefits paid to Iowans in April decreased by $19.1 million from March, according to Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) analysts.

Benefits totaling $25.0 million were paid to 34,223 claimants in April compared to $44.1 million paid to 46,323 jobless Iowans in March. The seasonal decline in construction claims and one less processing Wednesday accounted for most of the decrease.

April 2004 benefit payments were well below the April 2003 total of $39.5 million for 48,238 unemployed workers. Most of the decline was due to one less processing Wednesday and approximately 7,000 fewer claims per week.

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 APRIL 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      3,478     3,533    1,217     1,231     915,435       931,673
 ADAIR               209       209       71        71      51,117        51,117
 ADAMS               157       158       54        55      40,911        41,063
 ALLAMAKEE           801       828      257       260     198,289       204,462
 APPANOOSE           461       465      149       150     112,872       113,468
 AUDUBON             192       192       64        64      44,832        44,832
 BENTON            1,004     1,016      390       392     248,465       251,406
 BLACK HAWK        4,627     4,737    1,488     1,501   1,087,916     1,117,465
 BOONE               617       650      227       232     139,436       148,681
 BREMER              658       662      235       236     166,265       167,121
 BUCHANAN            658       672      245       247     168,109       172,070
 BUENA VISTA         435       453      149       152     103,286       107,320
 BUTLER              410       421      157       159     101,374       104,689
 CALHOUN             245       247       88        89      63,415        64,015
 CARROLL             455       459      150       151     109,270       110,470
 CASS                550       553      198       199     141,825       142,403
 CEDAR               592       602      202       204     151,751       154,069
 CERRO GORDO       1,714     1,733      570       573     383,266       388,779
 CHEROKEE            265       265       99        99      63,499        63,499
 CHICKASAW           821       833      269       270     206,306       209,189
 CLARKE              377       383      126       128      95,319        96,957
 CLAY                557       566      193       195     134,435       137,107
 CLAYTON             948       959      339       341     240,400       243,248
 CLINTON           1,842     1,846      610       611     421,524       422,421
 CRAWFORD            342       355      118       122      88,893        92,021
 DALLAS              832       845      294       296     214,371       218,114
 DAVIS               286       306       95        97      66,088        70,321
 DECATUR             316       316      101       101      71,192        71,192
 DELAWARE            722       724      259       260     187,608       188,344
 DES MOINES        1,811     1,821      592       593     445,075       446,553
 DICKINSON           589       595      282       282     146,102       146,247
 DUBUQUE           3,001     3,040    1,080     1,088     721,169       730,946
 EMMET               341       353      146       147      76,214        78,867
 FAYETTE             880       904      302       305     206,028       209,794
 FLOYD               795       813      303       304     172,991       178,840
 FRANKLIN            324       331      100       103      75,970        78,296
 FREMONT             102       104       36        37      24,340        24,829
 GREENE              340       344      116       116      87,425        88,405
 GRUNDY              262       266       96        96      64,740        65,608
 GUTHRIE             273       279      104       105      66,885        68,351
 HAMILTON            369       373      122       122      87,132        88,144
 HANCOCK             172       178       63        66      41,166        42,871
 HARDIN              726       736      228       229     167,001       169,307
 HARRISON            306       310      100       101      71,259        72,459
 HENRY               973       979      297       297     260,214       261,112
 HOWARD              263       269       88        90      70,369        71,881
 HUMBOLDT            218       222       75        77      51,025        51,730
 IDA                 224       228       81        82      59,606        60,582
 IOWA                519       522      243       243     106,086       106,947
 JACKSON           1,260     1,269      473       475     302,315       304,852
 JASPER            1,619     1,638      498       500     424,409       428,347
 JEFFERSON           497       499      170       171     117,044       117,614
 JOHNSON           2,494     2,554      833       840     601,850       617,591
 JONES               744       749      271       271     183,119       184,382
 KEOKUK              396       404      149       150     100,585       102,193
 KOSSUTH             532       542      190       192     131,938       134,641
 LEE               1,796     1,816      581       584     431,628       436,377
 LINN              8,170     8,250    2,767     2,783   2,026,023     2,047,089
 LOUISA              388       392      137       138      98,491        99,341
 LUCAS               399       408      119       120      91,246        93,433
 LYON                151       151       60        60      39,211        39,211
 MADISON             334       342      140       142      86,935        89,291
 MAHASKA             637       645      218       219     149,122       151,242
 MARION              979     1,000      310       312     232,211       237,616
 MARSHALL          1,178     1,206      386       392     298,116       305,802
 MILLS               203       207       68        70      47,429        48,668
 MITCHELL            186       191       66        66      43,165        44,381
 MONONA              404       412      134       136     102,119       104,529
 MONROE              281       289       95        97      68,733        70,925
 MONTGOMERY          425       425      165       165      87,770        87,770
 MUSCATINE         1,540     1,545      509       511     373,421       374,868
 O BRIEN             262       266       90        91      63,973        65,173
 OSCEOLA             106       106       39        39      25,068        25,068
 PAGE                359       368      113       115      82,256        85,066
 PALO ALTO           270       281       98       100      63,205        66,378
 PLYMOUTH            663       672      216       217     155,036       157,302
 POCAHONTAS          304       313       93        94      79,649        81,268
 POLK             11,789    11,896    3,895     3,915   3,010,770     3,039,752
 POTTAWATTAMIE     1,624     1,642      517       522     395,428       400,960
 POWESHIEK           636       645      247       248     165,711       168,256
 RINGGOLD            163       167       61        62      42,842        44,198
 SAC                 298       301      107       108      69,094        69,738
 SCOTT             4,835     4,873    1,574     1,581   1,153,870     1,164,110
 SHELBY              351       351      113       113      81,280        81,280
 SIOUX               505       507      206       206     126,032       126,399
 STORY               961     1,002      334       342     240,703       251,647
 TAMA                474       482      178       180     127,367       129,655
 TAYLOR              193       201       78        80      44,374        46,562
 UNION               587       593      248       249     137,114       138,335
 VAN BUREN           235       239       88        89      58,189        59,197
 WAPELLO           1,515     1,529      478       481     323,597       327,642
 WARREN            1,032     1,052      344       347     274,935       280,373
 WASHINGTON          901       901      280       280     247,240       247,240
 WAYNE               137       139       47        48      32,917        33,461
 WEBSTER           1,154     1,176      379       384     281,370       287,539
 WINNEBAGO           222       228      124       124      55,405        55,874
 WINNESHIEK          865       871      297       299     219,384       220,907
 WOODBURY          3,585     3,626    1,163     1,172     874,818       885,389
 WORTH               264       264       98        98      63,173        63,173
 WRIGHT              453       461      147       147     108,723       110,519
 INTERSTATE        3,632     3,679    1,119     1,129     971,460       983,365

 GRAND TOTAL     100,047   101,420   33,978    34,223  24,630,125    24,985,269

  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.

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