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

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DES MOINES, IOWA Iowa unemployment insurance benefits payments made to eligible Iowans decreased by about $16 million between 2005 and 2004, analysts at the Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) said today.

Jobless benefits for 2005 totaled $301.7 Million for 116,398 claimants and 1,166,350 weeks of unemployment. This compares to $317.6 Million for 118,828 claimants and 1,278,310 weeks of unemployment in 2004. The stronger economy in the state allowed most groups to report lower benefit payouts during the year. However stormy weather in December pushed construction claims upward and 4th quarter softness in the financial sectors caused this area to inch higher.

The average weekly benefit amount for a regular unemployment insurance claimant in 2005 was $259.57, which compares to $249.39 in 2004.

The maximum duration of UI benefits in Iowa is 26 weeks. In the case of a plant closing, maximum duration is extended to 39 weeks. The average duration for 2005 was about 12.5 weeks.


                                   STATE OF IOWA         
                                    BENEFITS BY INDUSTRY
               
                                                                   2005 - 2004
INDUSTRY                                2005         2004       Number   % Change
 
AGRICULTURE                       $1,725,085   $2,313,985     -$588,900    -25.4%
MINING                             2,025,733    2,318,574      -292,841    -12.6%
UTILITIES                            896,609      883,196        13,413      1.5%
CONSTRUCTION                      71,714,601   70,871,455       843,146      1.2%
MANUFACTURING                     70,717,922   74,149,083    -3,431,161     -4.6%
WHOLESALE TRADE                   11,209,685   13,209,876    -2,000,191    -15.1%
RETAIL TRADE                      22,399,421   26,214,985    -3,815,564    -14.6%
TRANSPORTATION                     8,608,275    9,112,203      -503,928     -5.5%
INFORMATION                        6,306,811    8,034,031    -1,727,220    -21.5%
FINANCE-INSURANCE-REAL ESTATE     12,882,988   12,641,286       241,702      1.9%
PROFESS., SCIENTIFIC & TECH        9,055,471   10,697,108    -1,641,637    -15.3%
ADMINISTRATIVE & WASTE MAGMT      20,389,952   20,957,050      -567,098     -2.7%
EDUCATIONAL SERVICES               3,750,771    4,301,555      -550,784    -12.8%
HEALTH CARE AND SOCIAL ASSIST     13,333,575   14,027,329      -693,754     -4.9%
ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT & REC.         3,797,710    4,590,138      -792,428    -17.3%
ACCOMMADATION AND FOOD SERV        9,261,139    9,970,919      -709,780     -7.1%
OTHER SERVICES                     6,357,673    6,886,621      -528,948     -7.7%
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION              4,163,526    4,926,455      -762,929    -15.5%
NEC                               17,715,407   16,386,958     1,328,449      8.1%
FEDERAL                            5,371,218    5,099,070       272,148      5.3%
 
TOTAL                           $301,686,345 $317,591,876  -$15,905,531     -5.0%


                    IOWA JOBLESS BENEFITS CALENDAR YEAR 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     43,365    44,113    4,525     4,573  11,699,404    11,922,939
 ADAIR             2,566     2,578      282       284     665,890       669,648
 ADAMS             1,403     1,460      134       137     339,921       357,385
 ALLAMAKEE         6,044     6,186      670       677   1,573,055     1,610,314
 APPANOOSE         5,463     5,534      559       563   1,363,445     1,383,234
 AUDUBON           2,599     2,619      236       237     626,292       631,954
 BENTON           11,434    11,601    1,211     1,218   3,107,605     3,154,576
 BLACK HAWK       51,782    52,586    5,984     6,033  12,860,988    13,088,059
 BOONE             6,994     7,172      662       671   1,808,189     1,864,108
 BREMER            7,375     7,494      907       917   1,954,782     1,992,084
 BUCHANAN          8,559     8,696    1,041     1,051   2,336,163     2,376,973
 BUENA VISTA       5,328     5,429      629       633   1,312,493     1,339,977
 BUTLER            6,901     6,981      788       790   1,809,233     1,828,547
 CALHOUN           2,416     2,417      212       212     593,086       593,377
 CARROLL           4,408     4,488      374       381   1,092,018     1,118,905
 CASS              6,718     6,747      747       750   1,764,886     1,772,807
 CEDAR             5,530     5,741      548       559   1,476,698     1,539,394
 CERRO GORDO      21,535    21,789    2,156     2,173   5,279,582     5,348,818
 CHEROKEE          4,891     4,940      576       579   1,280,205     1,290,949
 CHICKASAW         6,412     6,484      649       653   1,694,821     1,714,831
 CLARKE            4,306     4,347      445       449   1,147,090     1,152,108
 CLAY              6,980     7,132      701       712   1,740,060     1,778,740
 CLAYTON          11,326    11,617    1,053     1,071   2,989,227     3,072,072
 CLINTON          19,320    19,598    1,833     1,847   4,501,829     4,585,835
 CRAWFORD          4,815     4,869      534       537   1,237,460     1,251,562
 DALLAS           12,306    12,565    1,178     1,195   3,444,161     3,511,644
 DAVIS             3,961     3,988      403       406   1,071,640     1,079,862
 DECATUR           2,667     2,736      279       283     650,581       664,388
 DELAWARE          7,776     7,889      861       868   2,027,417     2,060,915
 DES MOINES       20,629    20,780    2,092     2,101   5,118,864     5,163,131
 DICKINSON         9,828     9,856    1,105     1,108   2,461,573     2,465,359
 DUBUQUE          40,729    41,190    4,284     4,312  10,379,848    10,508,927
 EMMET             4,651     4,675      488       488   1,198,725     1,205,357
 FAYETTE           9,522     9,738    1,158     1,172   2,387,588     2,453,011
 FLOYD             9,015     9,165    1,088     1,092   2,207,750     2,244,343
 FRANKLIN          4,289     4,356      459       463   1,140,795     1,160,099
 FREMONT           1,564     1,622      136       140     410,125       428,320
 GREENE            3,410     3,430      348       348     889,297       892,236
 GRUNDY            3,421     3,467      436       437     898,695       909,119
 GUTHRIE           3,437     3,517      314       319     956,910       984,156
 HAMILTON          4,593     4,704      472       479   1,124,660     1,158,390
 HANCOCK           5,765     5,826    1,007     1,012   1,500,212     1,521,209
 HARDIN            6,303     6,443      606       612   1,547,389     1,585,341
 HARRISON          3,997     4,058      322       327     956,862       977,129
 HENRY             8,820     9,013      959       969   2,339,864     2,388,331
 HOWARD            3,055     3,095      256       259     772,576       784,926
 HUMBOLDT          2,421     2,464      217       220     621,973       635,709
 IDA               2,225     2,248      190       192     585,506       591,458
 IOWA              7,011     7,042      841       843   1,826,632     1,835,682
 JACKSON          10,839    10,959    1,082     1,089   2,673,125     2,706,238
 JASPER           18,603    18,730    1,854     1,861   5,128,793     5,163,543
 JEFFERSON         5,826     5,880      616       617   1,449,703     1,459,041
 JOHNSON          27,462    28,432    2,793     2,851   6,841,174     7,126,491
 JONES             7,823     8,054      824       835   2,031,360     2,090,349
 KEOKUK            4,885     4,966      514       517   1,301,375     1,319,661
 KOSSUTH           5,878     6,002      875       883   1,509,832     1,538,603
 LEE              21,122    21,301    2,054     2,065   5,209,230     5,263,689
 LINN             83,427    84,816    8,073     8,148  21,687,925    22,076,268
 LOUISA            3,806     3,935      398       405     990,965     1,022,581
 LUCAS             3,765     3,836      355       359     953,910       974,229
 LYON              1,463     1,479      119       120     381,129       386,313
 MADISON           5,669     5,806      583       590   1,603,970     1,640,960
 MAHASKA           7,713     7,764      830       836   1,946,365     1,960,732
 MARION            9,650     9,943      916       928   2,566,397     2,639,368
 MARSHALL         15,880    16,045    1,370     1,379   4,305,737     4,350,038
 MILLS             2,635     2,732      247       254     656,913       687,857
 MITCHELL          3,041     3,092      368       372     783,024       798,667
 MONONA            3,888     3,965      348       353   1,021,637     1,043,258
 MONROE            3,579     3,654      304       307     894,427       909,472
 MONTGOMERY        4,884     4,929      638       641   1,129,049     1,138,790
 MUSCATINE        13,542    13,884    1,386     1,405   3,373,470     3,467,872
 O BRIEN           4,195     4,299      376       382   1,068,053     1,096,592
 OSCEOLA           1,999     2,007      198       199     545,696       547,185
 PAGE              4,120     4,146      457       459     978,191       987,433
 PALO ALTO         3,174     3,233      344       347     755,574       774,577
 PLYMOUTH          6,940     7,053      735       742   1,784,748     1,819,495
 POCAHONTAS        1,722     1,821      161       166     401,289       426,277
 POLK            143,631   146,382   12,964    13,105  38,675,019    39,417,101
 POTTAWATTAMIE    20,290    20,745    1,827     1,861   4,977,132     5,116,831
 POWESHIEK         8,442     8,634      924       936   2,243,646     2,302,117
 RINGGOLD          1,392     1,398      135       136     352,901       354,617
 SAC               3,332     3,344      328       330     812,129       815,837
 SCOTT            53,329    54,135    4,677     4,717  13,083,568    13,297,438
 SHELBY            3,647     3,680      326       327     899,469       909,888
 SIOUX             6,815     6,878      597       601   1,767,239     1,787,191
 STORY            13,525    14,158    1,273     1,314   3,497,891     3,689,717
 TAMA              8,051     8,137      767       771   2,253,720     2,278,055
 TAYLOR            1,438     1,473      177       180     368,814       378,480
 UNION             5,730     5,766      681       685   1,408,073     1,418,982
 VAN BUREN         3,175     3,175      442       443     854,330       854,410
 WAPELLO          18,496    18,733    1,748     1,765   4,802,939     4,875,195
 WARREN           12,022    12,302    1,140     1,155   3,359,582     3,445,409
 WASHINGTON        6,696     6,845      717       723   1,792,074     1,834,718
 WAYNE             1,825     1,832      193       193     438,863       440,501
 WEBSTER          11,826    12,136    1,068     1,085   2,964,200     3,052,716
 WINNEBAGO         6,289     6,362    1,227     1,229   1,638,026     1,660,856
 WINNESHIEK        8,500     8,525      713       714   2,172,344     2,178,974
 WOODBURY         38,748    39,401    3,359     3,399   9,774,817     9,969,262
 WORTH             3,882     3,942      457       461   1,050,892     1,069,700
 WRIGHT            4,569     4,579      495       496   1,108,462     1,109,668
 INTERSTATE       34,238    34,540    3,292     3,310   9,278,334     9,364,870

 GRAND TOTAL   1,147,283 1,166,350  115,300   116,398 296,321,592   301,686,345

  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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