The Iowa Workforce Development released a statement that unemployed workers in Iowa will begin receiving a higher weekly unemployment benefit amount beginning this month.  This increase is due to the fact that insured Iowa workers are earning $1500 more in 2015 than before.  The benefit amount an unemployed worker is eligible for is based on the statewide average weekly wage; when the overall wage increases, so does the unemployment benefit amount owed to unemployed workers.  In 2014, the maximum weekly amount an unemployed worker could receive was $416.00.  As of July 5, that maximum is now $431.00 per week.

This increase also affects workers' compensation benefits - the maximum amount payable to injured workers for temporary disability, healing period and death will increase to $1,628.00 while the maximum amount payable to injured workers for permanent partial disability will increase to $1,498.00.

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