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Are you physically able to work?


Are you willing to actively look for a job?


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Did your employer pay unemployment taxes ("Covered Employment")?


Did you earn at least $ 1990 in the base period in

Base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. If you are filing today, base period is Oct through Dec 2013 to Jul through Sep,2014


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How did you lose your job?

Quit Fired Laid Off

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?


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CALL: (866) 239-0843 to file an Unemployment Compensation Claim(Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m).

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State Name: Iowa

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Disclaimer: The estimates are given in good faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for loss or damage caused by the tools on our website.

    State: Iowa (IA)
    Phone Number: (866) 239-0843 to file an Unemployment Compensation Claim(Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m).
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    Major Towns: Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Sioux, Waterloo, Iowa, Council Bluffs, Ames, Dubuque, and West Des Moines

    Current Unemploymnet Rate in Iowa

    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.

Questions & Answers

  1. Christine Bahl says:

    I filed on Saturday and should not of what do I do to cancel it

  2. Katie says:

    Can I file for unemployment when I relocate?

  3. John LeDuc says:

    was just let go because of down sizing I get social security do can I get unemployment

  4. Jamie says:

    do I have to report a gambling winning to unemployment?

  5. Sandra Krambeer says:

    I need to file for EUC, my regular benefits have run out, please help me get the extension filed, I dont have a current job and no other income coming in at this time.

    • Nikol M says:

      When my regular benefits ran out, I was notified via mail whether or not I was eligible for EUC benefits. I was, and the benefits automatically rolled over. Keep filing your regular weekly claim, and if you are eligible for EUC benefits, you will know because you will continue to get a check each week. I live in Iowa also so the rules should be the same.

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