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Requirements for Unemployment Benefits

  • Be totally or partially unemployed;

  • 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 most cases, you must also be registered for work with your local Workforce Development Center, and be actively seeking work.

Filing Your Claim

1. Begin your claim process online here

Please follow directions carefully and note the following: This online claim application currently cannot be accessed using WebTV, PDAs, handheld computers and similar systems. Our applications best function using Internet Explorer Version 5.0 or greater, or Netscape 6.2 or greater. To check your current browser level or for links to upgrade your browser, visit our Terms of Use.

2. You may go to your local IowaWORKS Center as an individual and staff will assist you to self-file your claim into the system. 

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 contains information about Unemployment Insurance benefits, eligibility requirements, and how to report your weekly claim.

Reporting

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 receive payments.

Each week you will be asked 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);

  • 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) 850-5627.

A computer Voice Response Unit will answer and a prerecorded message will ask you the eligibility questions one at a time.


"Coping with Unemployment - What to Do When You're Out of Work" Life Skills Education: 

This pamphlet and many others are available at your local IowaWORKS Partnership office. In addition to income support, the IowaWORKSt Partnership offers resources and workshops to help you deal with the loss of a job and return to the workforce.

Some individuals receiving unemployment insurance may be identified as being at risk for long-term unemployment. You may receive notification to participate in the Reemployment Services (RES) program designed to help you return to the workforce as quickly as possible. RES participants will attend a special orientation outlining available options. Following the orientation each individual will have the opportunity to meet with one of our professional staffing specialists to develop a personal job search plan. 


 

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