Iowa Unemployment Benefits
Are you physically able to work?
Are you willing to actively look for a job?
Did your employer pay unemployment taxes ("Covered Employment")?
Did you earn at least $1990 in the base period in Iowa?
Base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. If you are filing today, base period is Jan 2012 - Mar 2012 to Oct 2012 - Dec 2012
How did you lose your job?
Did you quit your last job due to unsafe working conditions, not being paid, discrimination and / or health and safety risks?
Were you fired for no fault of your own?
Were you laid off for no fault of your own?
Applying online is the easiest and fastest way to claim benefits. Check for more specific details such as timings and requirements to claim benefits in your state.
CALL: (866) 239-0843 to file an Unemployment Compensation Claim(Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m).
Visit UC Center:
You can’t seem to find assistance on call? No worries. Visit one of the UC center and let the specialist help you out. Please note that wait times can be longer but assistance is guaranteed.
you are not eligible
What is the Eligibility Criteria in Iowa?
There are some basic rules for eligibility. Even if you meet some of these rules partially, you should still apply for unemployment because state offices make a reasonable attempt to process your claim, as long as you provide a good justification.
To learn more check unemployment eligibility article
A "base period" is four consecutive calendar quarters that fall within the 18 month period before establishing a new benefit year.Claim your benefits
How to File Your Initial Claim in Iowa?
If You Are Not a United States Citizen
You must give verification that you were legally eligible to work in your state and that you are presently eligible to begin a new job.
How to File Your Weekly Claim?
After you file your application for unemployment benefits, you must start filing your weekly claims. You require filing each week, even though you are:
You can file your weekly claim:
File every week that you want to claim benefits and keep on filing until you go back to work, run out of benefits or stop seeking work. You should claim at least one week before we can make a decision on your eligibility.
How to Claim for an Extension?
If you are presently filing weekly claims for unemployment benefits; carry on filing your weekly claim if you are jobless or working reduced hours. You will be informed by mail of your eligibility for the added benefits.
In case you have been filing weekly claims and are still laid off or working reduced hours, you will have to file an application for these extra benefits online or by telephone. You will be alerted by mail of your eligibility for the additional benefits.
To be eligible for EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits you must:
To be eligible for EB benefits you must:
Iowa Unemployment Questions
On the application form there are two lines for the address. Does this mean I have to enter two addresses?
No, you only need to give one complete address, for example, one with a street number and name or a post office box, plus the city, state and ZIP code.
When I apply for something online, sometimes I’m unsure whether the proper people have received my application. If I’m unsure, should I submit another application?
No. You will receive a confirmation e-mail (and number) stating the state have received your application. If you do submit another application, it will just slow down the process, because the state will have to call to verify if the second application is from the same claimant (you).
I served in the U.S. military and I am claiming those wages. On the application there are questions that ask about military service and others that refer to the federal government. Do I answer both if I served in the military?
No. For unemployment insurance, service in the U.S. military and working for the federal government are considered two separate and different types of work. If you served in the U.S. military, left the military, and then began working for the federal government (for example, at the Department of Labor), you should answer questions for both sections.
On the Withholding page in the unemployment insurance application, the third question asks if I’ve been receiving a private pension or retirement payments (401K, Keogh, etc.). Is that like asking if I’ve been paying into a fund like that?
No. This question is to verify if you’ve been receiving money from a pension or a retirement fund, not paying into it. If you have not received money from anything like this, your answer should be no.
How Benefits are calculated?
To calculate your weekly benefits amount click here
The minimum benefits amount in Iowa is $57.
The maximum benefits amount in Iowa is $385
A "base period" is four consecutive calendar quarters that fall within the 18 month period before establishing a new benefit year.
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