Be totally or partially
Have worked and earned a certain
amount of wages in work covered by unemployment insurance in the
last 15 to 18 months;
Have lost your job through no
fault of your own; and
Be able and available for work if
offered to you.
In some cases, you must also be
registered for work at your local Workforce Development Center, and be
actively seeking work.
Filing Your Claim
There are currently several ways to file a claim for
unemployment insurance benefits:
1. You may file
an Unemployment Insurance claim online.
2. You may go to your local Workforce Development
Center. Staff there will assist you in the completion of the necessary paperwork
necessary to submit your claim or self file via the Intranet.
No matter which way you choose to file your
unemployment insurance claim, you will need the following information:
- Your Social Security number;
- The name of your last employer;
- The address of your last employer;
- The start and end dates of your last job;
- Whether or not you will receive vacation pay,
severance, etc.; and
- If you are leaving military service, you will
need a copy of your DD 214.
In all cases, you will receive a booklet called “Facts
About Unemployment Insurance.” This booklet is full of information
about Unemployment Insurance benefits, eligibility requirements, and how
to report your weekly claim.
Most Iowans can receive Unemployment
Insurance benefits for up to 26 weeks, and in some cases 39 weeks. After
you provide the initial information needed to confirm your eligibility,
you will be asked to provide additional information to continue to
Each week you will be asked to
certify that you:
Are unemployed or working only
Are able and available for work;
Have not refused any job offers
Are actively looking for work
Are reporting any pay or pension
you may be receiving.
As always, your mandatory weekly
reporting on your unemployment can be accomplished by calling 1 (800)
A computer Voice Response Unit will
answer and a prerecorded message will ask you the eligibility questions
one at a time.