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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.

  1. If you are still unemployed at the end of the 26 weeks is there a way to file for extended period of unemployment benifits

    • when you go to the site to sign in for weekly claims and you hit the start here takes you to nothing than a pdf down load nothing abought weekly claims very confusing

      • Brian,

        The .pdf file download might be the weekly ‘Job Search’ form. Please call the Claims Center for further assistance.

  2. I file a claim the week of thanks giving for three days and never received my money it said it was successful so please let me know thank u Lori L Breeden

  3. I’m a little confused I was told to continue doing Job searches weekly but yet my paper says I’m not required to due to I still have a job just had a medical problem which is still going on yet to have surgery I will be returning back to my job as soon as possible but as I said little confused on what do here do I do job searches I am limited to what I can do at this point.

    • Since there is going to be a break in the job searches, please call the Claims Center and report it. They will provide further instructions.

  4. i was working here in iowa for 10 months and i just get laid off, i’m from texas. how can i claim the benefit?

  5. Two questions. If everything went threw ok and I’ll be receiving unemployment out of Iowa when will I receive my first payment? Also if I file on sat. What day will I get my first check on the Iowa debit card the issued me?

  6. If my boyfriend filed in Jan 2016 for 2 weeks worth of unemployment, then went back to work. Would he be eligible to receive benefits now that he is laid off for the winter?

    • If he is into a seasonal job, he will not qualify for scheduled time off from work.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further details.

  7. I need to fill unemployment in the State of Iowa. That was my last Employer’s address. I reside in the State of NV. NV Unemployment office said I had to file thru State of Iowa. So what is the web site I need to do so in the State of Iowa.

  8. 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?

    • 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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