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DES MOINES, IOWA – Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments made to eligible Iowans decreased by nearly $70 million between 2004 and 2003, Iowa Workforce Development reported today.

Benefits for 2004 totaled $317.6 million for 118,828 claimants and 1,278,310 weeks of unemployment.

Benefits for 2003 totaled $385.8 million for 142,978 claimants and 1,571,540 weeks of unemployment. The reduction in claims that began in the fourth quarter of 2003 continued throughout all of 2004. The sharpest declines occurred in construction, manufacturing, and leisure and hospitality.

The average weekly benefit amount for regular UI increased slightly from $248.94 for 2003 to $249.39 for 2004. This represents the smallest increase in over fifteen years.

The Temporary Emergency Unemployment Compensation (TEUC) program was phased out during 2004. This program provided up to 13 weeks of additional benefits to claimants who exhausted their regular unemployment insurance benefits. Since March 2002, the TEUC program provided 60,499 workers and their families with $148.5 million in benefits.

“Iowans have relied on the Unemployment Insurance program to sustain them through this long and difficult recovery following the 2001 recession.” states Richard Running, Director of Iowa Workforce Development. “The UI program also helps to retain a trained and skilled workforce in Iowa and to stimulate the state’s economy,” he said.


                   IOWA JOBLESS BENEFITS CALENDER YEAR 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     43,469    44,170    4,605     4,654  11,405,762    11,615,663
 ADAIR             3,243     3,250      312       313     783,998       785,767
 ADAMS             1,677     1,708      163       165     398,707       407,158
 ALLAMAKEE         8,438     8,691      779       788   2,097,133     2,157,873
 APPANOOSE         6,199     6,321      633       639   1,464,211     1,496,714
 AUDUBON           2,346     2,352      208       209     559,035       560,895
 BENTON           11,270    11,426    1,080     1,087   2,927,662     2,967,067
 BLACK HAWK       56,123    57,105    5,104     5,149  13,325,751    13,595,004
 BOONE             7,662     7,939      839       852   1,794,097     1,870,392
 BREMER            8,391     8,515      825       833   2,123,600     2,159,148
 BUCHANAN          8,736     8,887      885       892   2,207,024     2,251,894
 BUENA VISTA       6,231     6,399      657       664   1,458,183     1,502,489
 BUTLER            6,526     6,586      700       704   1,608,178     1,626,007
 CALHOUN           3,111     3,145      273       275     754,153       763,472
 CARROLL           4,777     4,845      421       423   1,113,386     1,131,013
 CASS              6,566     6,585      661       665   1,651,044     1,656,012
 CEDAR             6,937     7,051      602       608   1,784,282     1,812,176
 CERRO GORDO      21,454    21,760    2,103     2,120   4,880,068     4,972,948
 CHEROKEE          4,795     4,839      528       530   1,210,297     1,223,373
 CHICKASAW         8,336     8,498      751       758   2,043,984     2,088,892
 CLARKE            5,561     5,700      534       539   1,440,377     1,474,260
 CLAY              7,128     7,278      729       736   1,706,361     1,742,070
 CLAYTON          14,167    14,418    1,189     1,201   3,619,995     3,687,399
 CLINTON          23,864    24,092    2,161     2,178   5,399,592     5,470,511
 CRAWFORD          4,735     4,815      435       440   1,162,252     1,182,096
 DALLAS           11,495    11,640    1,092     1,101   3,054,256     3,094,944
 DAVIS             3,790     3,868      426       429     954,196       971,068
 DECATUR           3,395     3,423      294       295     791,377       794,423
 DELAWARE          9,139     9,268      979       990   2,366,340     2,405,320
 DES MOINES       22,181    22,328    2,112     2,119   5,458,496     5,492,094
 DICKINSON         8,398     8,459      985       987   2,045,662     2,054,537
 DUBUQUE          40,159    40,906    4,119     4,152   9,709,776     9,916,206
 EMMET             4,692     4,767      546       548   1,117,984     1,134,232
 FAYETTE          11,387    11,571    1,128     1,140   2,717,855     2,760,943
 FLOYD             9,077     9,246    1,025     1,032   1,973,531     2,025,109
 FRANKLIN          4,232     4,363      403       410   1,037,344     1,077,321
 FREMONT           1,517     1,522      141       142     355,547       356,969
 GREENE            3,615     3,663      371       371     884,565       895,743
 GRUNDY            3,413     3,453      358       359     879,498       887,070
 GUTHRIE           3,420     3,483      328       332     860,005       876,552
 HAMILTON          5,897     5,962      566       570   1,422,846     1,441,833
 HANCOCK           3,237     3,368      574       581     803,870       842,786
 HARDIN            9,461     9,547      744       750   2,222,779     2,240,494
 HARRISON          4,142     4,171      370       373   1,000,915     1,010,083
 HENRY            10,796    10,837    1,105     1,105   2,796,658     2,801,397
 HOWARD            3,116     3,246      274       280     790,630       828,331
 HUMBOLDT          3,037     3,125      265       269     722,628       740,932
 IDA               2,682     2,790      219       220     693,742       720,940
 IOWA              6,512     6,577      694       697   1,591,743     1,610,666
 JACKSON          12,757    12,914    1,259     1,269   3,017,777     3,065,472
 JASPER           20,589    20,832    1,617     1,627   5,471,792     5,525,591
 JEFFERSON         7,533     7,570      753       754   1,853,061     1,857,359
 JOHNSON          33,527    34,691    3,151     3,203   8,114,587     8,436,665
 JONES             9,540     9,669      919       925   2,420,150     2,448,395
 KEOKUK            5,294     5,374      543       545   1,349,581     1,363,962
 KOSSUTH           6,401     6,563      818       824   1,634,132     1,677,534
 LEE              22,114    22,261    2,135     2,144   5,414,491     5,449,789
 LINN             96,705    97,993    8,609     8,667  24,456,595    24,794,039
 LOUISA            4,888     4,955      472       475   1,272,793     1,291,121
 LUCAS             5,017     5,099      392       395   1,193,807     1,215,241
 LYON              2,126     2,126      182       182     532,508       532,508
 MADISON           5,859     5,907      597       600   1,606,595     1,618,220
 MAHASKA           8,623     8,794      893       900   2,013,657     2,061,739
 MARION           11,272    11,624      960       976   2,805,086     2,900,786
 MARSHALL         17,329    17,547    1,527     1,536   4,439,138     4,494,902
 MILLS             2,954     3,028      277       279     697,118       717,690
 MITCHELL          2,547     2,639      277       282     614,810       639,610
 MONONA            4,680     4,805      372       377   1,160,795     1,196,301
 MONROE            3,816     3,929      322       326     932,468       962,883
 MONTGOMERY        4,727     4,743      614       616   1,019,720     1,023,387
 MUSCATINE        16,652    17,003    1,608     1,624   4,089,866     4,190,208
 O BRIEN           3,962     4,034      384       387     988,560     1,009,910
 OSCEOLA           1,623     1,663      163       164     362,220       372,929
 PAGE              4,212     4,330      453       457     940,342       969,036
 PALO ALTO         2,962     3,023      394       397     702,454       719,430
 PLYMOUTH          8,341     8,449      741       745   2,087,904     2,114,506
 POCAHONTAS        3,197     3,268      238       241     806,313       821,138
 POLK            149,370   151,201   13,190    13,288  38,470,650    38,946,552
 POTTAWATTAMIE    21,462    21,754    1,895     1,916   5,164,521     5,249,642
 POWESHIEK         8,816     8,930      926       931   2,254,458     2,281,948
 RINGGOLD          2,067     2,086      157       158     528,173       534,614
 SAC               3,725     3,774      361       364     893,415       907,909
 SCOTT            58,644    59,187    4,870     4,902  13,999,765    14,145,361
 SHELBY            4,099     4,132      353       357     981,187       992,147
 SIOUX             7,282     7,312      610       612   1,780,236     1,788,349
 STORY            13,734    14,370    1,311     1,346   3,430,179     3,606,666
 TAMA              8,436     8,527      810       818   2,305,583     2,331,496
 TAYLOR            2,103     2,176      217       219     479,740       501,245
 UNION             7,257     7,363      685       692   1,731,383     1,757,816
 VAN BUREN         3,734     3,764      521       523     944,357       952,237
 WAPELLO          20,723    21,056    1,936     1,951   4,826,133     4,923,860
 WARREN           12,724    12,855    1,195     1,203   3,381,387     3,414,490
 WASHINGTON       10,869    10,885      897       898   2,924,774     2,929,818
 WAYNE             2,159     2,250      242       244     515,927       535,747
 WEBSTER          15,013    15,274    1,338     1,349   3,652,399     3,727,219
 WINNEBAGO         2,348     2,403      479       482     539,901       549,453
 WINNESHIEK        9,635     9,708      804       808   2,455,493     2,474,112
 WOODBURY         43,258    43,940    3,585     3,622  10,475,454    10,658,367
 WORTH             3,005     3,044      340       342     730,482       742,569
 WRIGHT            5,402     5,443      496       498   1,297,986     1,308,070
 INTERSTATE       43,602    44,085    3,693     3,714  11,561,241    11,681,555

 GRAND TOTAL   1,259,246 1,278,310  117,876   118,828 312,494,523   317,591,876

  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 2002 -- 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      27,632    28,226    2,849     2,896   6,782,722     6,937,053
ADAIR              1,236     1,236      123       123     292,712       292,712
ADAMS                897       915       86        87     209,094       210,568
ALLAMAKEE          2,438     2,465      241       243     535,934       541,459
APPANOOSE          3,016     3,032      310       312     670,736       674,480
AUDUBON              742       742       74        74     161,887       161,887
BENTON             6,009     6,035      562       563   1,525,627     1,529,895
BLACK HAWK        28,001    28,299    2,751     2,765   6,279,562     6,346,724
BOONE              3,560     3,583      354       356     862,564       869,265
BREMER             3,197     3,252      316       320     760,870       772,744
BUCHANAN           3,885     3,912      393       395     910,960       919,116
BUENA VISTA        2,208     2,225      221       223     508,779       512,067
BUTLER             3,082     3,102      310       310     697,071       700,108
CALHOUN            1,366     1,369      137       137     331,130       331,787
CARROLL            2,438     2,464      230       232     580,427       588,045
CASS               3,252     3,252      317       317     747,840       747,840
CEDAR              2,363     2,400      233       237     583,082       591,778
CERRO GORDO        9,940    10,064      923       928   2,170,604     2,195,617
CHEROKEE           2,074     2,116      193       193     464,285       469,975
CHICKASAW          3,028     3,045      304       306     707,250       712,126
CLARKE             4,006     4,053      347       348   1,050,507     1,060,383
CLAY               3,522     3,537      342       343     789,202       792,715
CLAYTON            3,736     3,776      376       380     826,221       834,898
CLINTON           13,517    13,636    1,273     1,279   3,036,510     3,059,670
CRAWFORD           2,582     2,598      259       260     610,928       612,449
DALLAS             5,249     5,281      518       521   1,353,491     1,360,173
DAVIS              1,687     1,707      160       161     377,207       381,384
DECATUR            1,930     1,961      183       185     484,148       491,757
DELAWARE           5,518     5,527      413       413   1,362,027     1,362,203
DES MOINES        13,996    14,095    1,313     1,315   3,251,286     3,267,199
DICKINSON          2,505     2,518      293       294     567,229       571,168
DUBUQUE           15,513    15,674    1,507     1,515   3,482,273     3,520,304
EMMET              2,066     2,079      211       212     453,137       455,516
FAYETTE            4,476     4,538      456       461     999,038     1,012,665
FLOYD              3,532     3,556      364       364     735,810       738,426
FRANKLIN           1,929     1,955      197       199     456,746       463,742
FREMONT              623       623       68        68     148,832       148,832
GREENE             1,167     1,167      126       126     270,402       270,402
GRUNDY             1,275     1,298      143       144     314,385       318,741
GUTHRIE            1,760     1,760      179       179     437,658       437,658
HAMILTON           2,910     2,945      278       280     643,280       652,841
HANCOCK            1,310     1,310      134       134     304,637       304,637
HARDIN             4,232     4,252      403       404   1,008,397     1,013,130
HARRISON           2,190     2,224      220       222     480,364       489,433
HENRY              5,696     5,722      528       530   1,454,114     1,458,902
HOWARD             1,232     1,243      131       132     278,011       281,075
HUMBOLDT           1,597     1,610      157       157     355,148       356,296
IDA                  821       846       90        93     187,636       191,657
IOWA               2,013     2,046      192       194     492,817       498,794
JACKSON            6,577     6,627      579       583   1,474,273     1,488,871
JASPER             8,517     8,557      808       811   2,086,802     2,090,352
JEFFERSON          5,354     5,365      499       500   1,307,581     1,310,694
JOHNSON           12,867    13,232    1,253     1,276   3,086,156     3,171,484
JONES              4,640     4,673      458       460   1,120,260     1,126,980
KEOKUK             1,965     1,965      199       199     457,879       457,879
KOSSUTH            2,232     2,258      236       238     482,753       490,345
LEE               14,503    14,586    1,375     1,380   3,286,500     3,305,852
LINN              55,504    55,849    4,964     4,984  13,825,300    13,902,508
LOUISA             2,091     2,124      226       229     504,233       514,741
LUCAS              2,543     2,550      231       231     568,982       569,668
LYON               1,920     1,920      172       172     414,084       414,084
MADISON            2,388     2,392      234       235     618,700       619,868
MAHASKA            4,913     4,953      489       492   1,141,601     1,152,953
MARION             6,699     6,810      658       663   1,562,886     1,587,800
MARSHALL           8,963     9,018      988       991   2,152,723     2,161,754
MILLS              1,106     1,126      123       124     244,421       248,859
MITCHELL           1,241     1,263      110       113     280,776       286,099
MONONA             1,536     1,556      158       159     352,801       355,432
MONROE             1,692     1,718      168       170     383,162       391,118
MONTGOMERY         2,549     2,575      264       265     518,953       523,080
MUSCATINE          7,552     7,643      758       764   1,715,349     1,730,072
O BRIEN            1,826     1,838      180       181     433,414       434,574
OSCEOLA              614       614       63        63     144,700       144,700
PAGE               3,316     3,338      311       313     689,959       697,051
PALO ALTO          1,225     1,247      125       127     274,472       280,399
PLYMOUTH           3,571     3,640      359       364     804,141       823,845
POCAHONTAS         1,755     1,755      180       180     410,436       410,436
POLK              80,265    81,129    7,609     7,653  19,936,185    20,127,985
POTTAWATTAMIE      9,752     9,911      951       964   2,251,029     2,289,416
POWESHIEK          3,652     3,674      367       367     885,907       886,178
RINGGOLD             927       927       78        78     210,065       210,065
SAC                1,517     1,524      156       157     333,380       333,855
SCOTT             29,800    30,005    2,862     2,874   6,831,812     6,874,285
SHELBY             1,194     1,212      131       132     253,948       256,883
SIOUX              2,967     2,984      283       284     658,350       662,608
STORY              6,705     6,882      671       681   1,626,578     1,667,832
TAMA               4,661     4,681      678       680   1,122,481     1,127,811
TAYLOR             1,243     1,266      114       116     284,002       289,765
UNION              3,446     3,483      304       307     825,317       835,176
VAN BUREN          1,924     1,924      190       190     483,252       483,252
WAPELLO           11,159    11,206    1,066     1,069   2,537,228     2,548,650
WARREN             6,331     6,352      594       596   1,639,080     1,643,157
WASHINGTON         2,990     3,003      299       300     702,707       706,256
WAYNE              1,063     1,076      106       107     224,643       228,582
WEBSTER            7,671     7,774      769       776   1,697,339     1,714,702
WINNEBAGO          1,380     1,412      144       145     289,832       295,848
WINESHIEK          3,714     3,758      292       295     857,875       867,404
WOODBURY          19,208    19,391    1,892     1,903   4,516,219     4,554,541
WORTH              1,463     1,477      142       143     334,573       338,369
WRIGHT             2,525     2,580      255       258     550,312       560,042
INTERSTATE        22,679    22,865    2,213     2,226   5,717,314     5,761,713

 GRAND TOTAL     620,849   626,959   60,122    60,498 147,107,303   148,468,171

  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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