for Unemployment Benefits
- 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.
There are several ways to file a claim
for unemployment insurance benefits:
1. You may
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 paperwork necessary to submit your claim.
3. You may also receive assistance at your local
office to self-file your own claim into the system.
No matter which way you choose to file your
unemployment insurance claim, you will need the following
- 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
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 receive payments.
Each week you will be asked to
certify that you:
- Are unemployed or working
only reduced hours;
- Are able and available for
- Have not refused any job
offers or referrals;
- 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
A computer Voice Response Unit
will answer and a prerecorded message will ask you the eligibility
questions one at a time.
Region 16 Office
1000 North Roosevelt Avenue
Suite # 9
Burlington, IA 52601
Telephone: (319) 753-1671 - Fax: (319) 753-5881