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Iowa Unemployment Weekly Claims

Most Iowans may collect unemployment insurance benefits for up to 26 weeks, and in some cases 39 weeks. To receive payments after you have filed your initial claim, you must confirm your eligibility every week using the continued claims reporting system.

You can file through Internet by filling On-Line web application

Interactive Voice Response (IVR) – (800) 850-5627

10 a.m., Saturday to 11:30 p.m., Sunday or,

7:30 a.m. to 4:59 p.m., Monday through Friday

Phone lines are very busy on Saturday afternoon. Please use the on-line application or call on Sunday or Monday to avoid a busy signal.

Note: Your payment will not be delayed if you file your continued claim on Sunday or Monday.

When you file your continued claim, you will be asked a series of questions to certify that you:

  • Are unemployed or working only reduced hours;
  • Are able and available for work;
  • Have not refused any job offers or referrals;
  • Are actively looking for work (unless waived); and
  • Are reporting any pay or pension you may be receiving.

Questions & Answers

  1. Stephen Wiarda says:

    Is it true that layedoff workers can collect for one year, if they make 250 dollars from a business that pays into workforce? What if that worker were to move to Florida?

    • Adrian says:

      One can collect up to 26 weeks of state sponsored benefits.The cap on the number of weeks is based on state labor laws.

      If you’ve moved to another state,please consider filing from the state where you last worked.

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