cases, you must also be registered for work at your local Workforce
Development Center and be actively seeking work.
File Your Claim:
several ways to file a claim for unemployment insurance
1. You may file an
An Unemployment Insurance Claim Online.
2. You may receive assistance at your local
office to self-file your own claim into the system.
which way you choose to file your unemployment insurance claim, you
will need the following information:
Social Security number;
of your last employer;
address of your last employer;
and end dates of your last job;
not you will receive vacation pay, severance pay, etc.; and
If you are
leaving military service, you will need a copy of your DD214.
cases you will receive a booklet called
Unemployment Insurance." This booklet is full of information
about Unemployment Insurance benefits, eligibility requirements, and
how to report your weekly claim.
eligible Iowans can receive unemployment insurance benefits for up
to 26 weeks, and in some cases, 39 weeks. After you have provided
the initial information needed to confirm eligibility, you will be
asked to provide additional information to continue to receive
you will call this toll-free number, (800) 850-5627, to confirm the
are unemployed or working only reduced hours;
are able and available to work;
have not refused any job offers or referrals;
are actively looking for work (unless waived); and
are reporting any pay or pension received.
computerized Voice Response Unit will answer, and a prerecorded
message will ask you the eligibility questions one at a time.