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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 May decreased by $5.1 million from April, according to Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) analysts.

Benefits totaling $19.9 million were paid to 29,307 claimants compared to $25.0 million paid to 34,223 jobless Iowans in April. A decline in construction and manufacturing claims accounted for most of the decrease.

May 2004 benefit payments were $6.6 million below the May 2003 total of $26.5 million for 35,962 unemployed workers. The decrease occurred mainly in construction and manufacturing claims.

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 MAY 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      3,018     3,068      977       988     800,375       815,142
 ADAIR               204       204       61        61      47,169        47,169
 ADAMS               118       120       38        39      26,948        27,684
 ALLAMAKEE           493       514      160       163     112,315       117,668
 APPANOOSE           334       342      109       111      77,239        79,031
 AUDUBON             161       161       54        54      38,230        38,230
 BENTON              709       719      231       232     175,067       177,150
 BLACK HAWK        3,457     3,545    1,115     1,130     806,713       828,928
 BOONE               522       557      186       190     116,332       125,096
 BREMER              484       487      166       168     118,630       119,480
 BUCHANAN            458       472      148       151     105,956       109,915
 BUENA VISTA         483       490      155       158     109,602       111,183
 BUTLER              294       298      100       101      66,072        67,118
 CALHOUN             146       146       44        44      33,862        33,862
 CARROLL             346       352      102       103      81,737        83,513
 CASS                418       418      136       136     100,512       100,512
 CEDAR               447       450      136       137     115,045       115,809
 CERRO GORDO       1,519     1,534      525       528     326,501       330,945
 CHEROKEE            280       280      124       124      72,601        72,601
 CHICKASAW           579       583      194       194     135,390       136,366
 CLARKE              351       360      103       105      84,740        87,395
 CLAY                409       421      131       134      93,563        97,033
 CLAYTON             686       694      234       235     158,686       161,002
 CLINTON           1,664     1,667      539       539     372,734       373,676
 CRAWFORD            278       282       84        86      68,843        70,120
 DALLAS              669       677      210       212     174,204       176,480
 DAVIS               202       214       64        66      47,298        50,238
 DECATUR             249       249       77        77      54,192        54,192
 DELAWARE            528       531      180       181     127,475       128,375
 DES MOINES        1,646     1,657      546       546     405,116       406,761
 DICKINSON           244       250       96        96      58,328        58,890
 DUBUQUE           2,170     2,219      739       750     483,681       496,206
 EMMET               169       173       58        58      38,244        38,531
 FAYETTE             666       679      218       220     147,491       149,347
 FLOYD               528       541      192       194     110,870       115,057
 FRANKLIN            254       258       77        78      55,526        56,726
 FREMONT              83        83       28        28      18,262        18,262
 GREENE              226       230       71        71      55,077        56,034
 GRUNDY              211       215       73        73      50,039        50,446
 GUTHRIE             217       226       74        76      52,373        54,353
 HAMILTON            340       344      102       102      80,630        81,496
 HANCOCK             133       146       40        44      30,235        34,002
 HARDIN              657       657      201       201     148,354       148,354
 HARRISON            214       216       65        66      47,641        47,965
 HENRY               864       870      285       285     222,476       223,431
 HOWARD              174       177       65        65      42,404        43,271
 HUMBOLDT            138       147       44        45      31,342        32,940
 IDA                 149       161       51        52      36,566        39,349
 IOWA                335       335      114       114      70,521        70,521
 JACKSON             938       939      335       337     217,675       218,453
 JASPER            1,530     1,554      460       463     418,435       424,217
 JEFFERSON           465       470      134       135     113,227       114,032
 JOHNSON           2,123     2,190      675       684     499,052       517,106
 JONES               547       556      182       183     128,875       130,913
 KEOKUK              239       251       75        76      59,265        62,152
 KOSSUTH             416       421      121       122     106,644       107,997
 LEE               1,582     1,601      512       515     395,753       399,707
 LINN              6,827     6,908    2,246     2,263   1,707,852     1,728,143
 LOUISA              306       310      103       104      80,006        81,206
 LUCAS               344       352      127       128      79,024        80,979
 LYON                103       103       43        43      26,477        26,477
 MADISON             299       299       98        98      78,450        78,450
 MAHASKA             529       540      164       165     119,300       122,349
 MARION              726       758      222       227     171,683       181,019
 MARSHALL            899       916      274       279     220,466       224,782
 MILLS               164       165       56        56      36,074        36,371
 MITCHELL            131       135       42        42      28,160        29,292
 MONONA              288       297       87        90      68,766        71,398
 MONROE              217       225       72        74      53,009        55,110
 MONTGOMERY          452       452      158       158      92,413        92,413
 MUSCATINE         1,329     1,339      472       475     321,728       324,175
 O BRIEN             181       189       62        64      42,836        45,236
 OSCEOLA              87        87       25        25      20,310        20,310
 PAGE                287       295       93        95      63,200        65,688
 PALO ALTO           175       183       54        55      37,104        39,420
 PLYMOUTH            478       486      155       156     109,657       111,540
 POCAHONTAS          222       230       68        69      54,813        56,254
 POLK             10,166    10,271    3,212     3,235   2,586,876     2,616,246
 POTTAWATTAMIE     1,390     1,406      424       429     327,532       332,464
 POWESHIEK           454       461      147       148     114,696       116,590
 RINGGOLD            139       141       42        43      37,586        38,264
 SAC                 177       178       56        57      38,433        38,733
 SCOTT             4,180     4,218    1,291     1,299   1,006,310     1,016,066
 SHELBY              276       276      100       100      59,774        59,774
 SIOUX               362       362      132       132      78,411        78,411
 STORY               800       840      255       262     197,461       207,987
 TAMA                283       291       94        98      67,626        69,944
 TAYLOR              110       119       38        40      22,654        25,221
 UNION               339       344      109       110      77,368        78,678
 VAN BUREN           188       192       64        65      45,100        46,108
 WAPELLO           1,245     1,263      382       387     276,190       281,341
 WARREN              760       786      263       268     204,793       210,961
 WASHINGTON          733       733      219       219     198,812       198,812
 WAYNE                90        94       31        32      21,548        22,636
 WEBSTER             871       887      258       261     210,560       215,284
 WINNEBAGO           150       153       45        45      38,703        38,742
 WINNESHIEK          484       488      169       170     111,783       112,983
 WOODBURY          2,876     2,920      951       960     694,633       707,019
 WORTH               166       167       57        57      37,508        37,766
 WRIGHT              397       400      120       120      91,773        92,589
 INTERSTATE        3,111     3,139      970       978     823,457       830,301

 GRAND TOTAL      80,555    81,799   26,066    26,307  19,553,050    19,875,966

  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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