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

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DES MOINES, IOWA – Iowa unemployment insurance benefit payments for February 2005 totaled $37.2 million for 42,049 claimants, analysts at the Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) said today.

The current month total represents a small decrease from the January 2005 value of $38.8 million for 52,148 jobless Iowans. A gain in claims in the construction arena was countered by a decline in claimants from the manufacturing sector.

Current February benefit payments were below the February 2004 total of $41.0 million for 47,641 unemployed workers. The decline was spread almost evenly across all 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.

                      IOWA JOBLESS BENEFITS FEBRUARY 2005

                   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      5,284     5,383    1,652     1,671   1,446,066     1,476,323
 ADAIR               421       421      131       131     112,423       112,423
 ADAMS               213       219       62        64      50,389        52,249
 ALLAMAKEE         1,001     1,029      270       275     271,301       278,567
 APPANOOSE           618       621      203       204     154,503       154,956
 AUDUBON             337       341      100       101      82,498        83,738
 BENTON            1,434     1,450      424       426     402,813       406,669
 BLACK HAWK        5,916     5,983    1,757     1,769   1,519,551     1,537,993
 BOONE               945       973      286       292     250,779       259,563
 BREMER            1,046     1,058      316       319     280,481       284,886
 BUCHANAN          1,196     1,215      365       369     327,540       332,632
 BUENA VISTA         592       599      177       179     148,937       151,023
 BUTLER            1,042     1,053      313       315     276,229       279,078
 CALHOUN             329       329       93        93      81,497        81,497
 CARROLL             529       537      141       143     135,011       138,937
 CASS                824       826      248       249     219,424       220,044
 CEDAR               711       728      218       222     189,523       194,283
 CERRO GORDO       2,196     2,216      682       684     551,884       557,737
 CHEROKEE            724       724      232       232     199,274       199,274
 CHICKASAW           909       913      260       262     245,898       247,273
 CLARKE              620       625      183       183     168,109       168,830
 CLAY                844       857      230       231     219,702       222,027
 CLAYTON           1,926     1,983      568       578     523,465       539,456
 CLINTON           2,418     2,453      726       736     576,757       588,311
 CRAWFORD            784       797      252       253     208,577       211,983
 DALLAS            1,463     1,485      441       446     417,199       424,112
 DAVIS               390       390      125       125     103,207       103,207
 DECATUR             354       358      104       104      95,512        95,608
 DELAWARE          1,138     1,161      337       341     310,679       317,808
 DES MOINES        3,006     3,013      984       986     786,107       787,769
 DICKINSON         1,193     1,199      344       344     290,463       291,099
 DUBUQUE           5,495     5,541    1,821     1,828   1,469,993     1,482,628
 EMMET               482       486      135       135     125,383       126,583
 FAYETTE           1,360     1,380      395       401     352,621       359,398
 FLOYD             1,019     1,034      309       312     252,198       255,983
 FRANKLIN            534       534      155       155     148,904       148,904
 FREMONT             218       218       54        54      57,230        57,230
 GREENE              441       443      126       126     125,533       125,891
 GRUNDY              439       447      135       136     117,726       119,446
 GUTHRIE             463       463      140       140     133,575       133,575
 HAMILTON            555       571      163       167     136,892       141,195
 HANCOCK             442       446      139       140     117,435       118,839
 HARDIN              816       820      245       246     204,237       205,573
 HARRISON            582       585      157       159     144,755       145,709
 HENRY               897       905      301       303     240,112       241,780
 HOWARD              432       437      120       122     117,931       119,471
 HUMBOLDT            357       359       98        99      95,390        96,010
 IDA                 310       313       89        90      84,514        84,811
 IOWA              1,061     1,061      300       300     282,672       282,672
 JACKSON           1,473     1,489      476       478     379,217       381,959
 JASPER            1,885     1,891      535       537     493,194       494,837
 JEFFERSON           612       618      194       194     139,007       140,293
 JOHNSON           2,850     2,952      852       879     738,316       766,743
 JONES             1,179     1,202      346       350     317,527       321,782
 KEOKUK              710       714      209       210     192,102       192,378
 KOSSUTH             722       736      198       202     187,388       191,957
 LEE               2,099     2,107      650       653     524,972       527,275
 LINN              9,519     9,656    2,845     2,868   2,522,448     2,560,508
 LOUISA              589       602      173       175     157,842       160,866
 LUCAS               596       600      187       188     152,928       154,168
 LYON                228       228       66        66      65,239        65,239
 MADISON             949       955      274       276     280,300       281,254
 MAHASKA             838       844      261       262     216,752       218,292
 MARION            1,193     1,224      350       356     322,788       331,843
 MARSHALL          2,093     2,105      584       586     577,952       581,397
 MILLS               265       265       81        81      70,259        70,259
 MITCHELL            375       381      114       116      96,815        98,532
 MONONA              559       567      160       162     149,089       151,300
 MONROE              404       412      126       127     104,042       106,062
 MONTGOMERY          440       444      166       166     103,042       103,506
 MUSCATINE         1,745     1,789      549       558     429,415       441,509
 O BRIEN             626       639      177       178     165,098       168,317
 OSCEOLA             259       259       80        80      72,623        72,623
 PAGE                405       405      115       115      91,403        91,403
 PALO ALTO           320       320       85        85      83,774        83,774
 PLYMOUTH            813       825      247       249     208,414       211,818
 POCAHONTAS          171       175       51        52      42,645        43,885
 POLK             16,237    16,410    4,852     4,883   4,413,568     4,457,547
 POTTAWATTAMIE     2,310     2,332      635       640     589,658       595,390
 POWESHIEK         1,243     1,258      359       365     342,210       346,826
 RINGGOLD            216       219       64        65      57,752        58,610
 SAC                 463       465      129       130     121,328       121,948
 SCOTT             5,941     6,035    1,726     1,742   1,464,466     1,491,347
 SHELBY              527       535      149       149     140,673       143,020
 SIOUX             1,077     1,077      292       292     306,059       306,059
 STORY             1,567     1,624      472       486     412,436       428,455
 TAMA              1,190     1,199      326       328     343,629       346,645
 TAYLOR              172       175       48        48      46,193        46,481
 UNION               735       743      213       215     198,441       200,808
 VAN BUREN           406       406      171       172     113,121       113,161
 WAPELLO           1,871     1,891      561       566     459,524       466,336
 WARREN            1,582     1,588      487       488     449,513       450,692
 WASHINGTON          976     1,001      284       285     270,135       274,198
 WAYNE               227       230       68        68      58,267        59,377
 WEBSTER           1,454     1,477      421       427     372,108       379,232
 WINNEBAGO           225       233       65        66      58,839        61,339
 WINNESHIEK        1,378     1,382      409       409     374,999       375,955
 WOODBURY          4,681     4,741    1,347     1,358   1,202,265     1,219,354
 WORTH               370       374      112       113     105,052       106,292
 WRIGHT              578       585      179       180     139,689       139,989
 INTERSTATE        3,645     3,687    1,075     1,085     980,053       993,237

 GRAND TOTAL     139,294   141,053   41,701    42,049  36,757,465    37,241,128

  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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