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Unemployment Insurance

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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 some cases, you must also be registered for work at your local IowaWORKS Center, and be actively seeking work.

Filing Your Claim

There are 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 IowaWORKS Center.  Computers are available for you to self file via the Intranet at IowaWORKS Centers.

3. Go to your nearest Virtual Access Point (VAP) for expanded access to connect with a workforce professional. The department has dedicated workforce professionals ready to assist from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday, or by calling 866-239-0843.
Virtual Access Points

No matter which way you choose to file your unemployment insurance claim, you will need the following information:

  • Please have a valid Google, Windows Live or Yahoo email account before filing your claim.  Please keep this account active and know your password.
  • 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.;
  • The bank routing number and your account number for direct deposit of benefits 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 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.

Your mandatory weekly reporting on your unemployment can be accomplished by going on line to: File you weekly claim

"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 Workforce Development Partnership office. In addition to income support, the Workforce Development 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 their personal job search plan. 

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