Unemployment Insurance Services Division

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Providing Unemployment Services To Iowans

Unemployment Insurance Handbook

 Facts About Unemployment Insurance (PDF 1.1 MB)


Internet System For Unemployment Insurance

Computer monitorYou can use this system if you:

  • Worked in the state of Iowa in the last 18 months.

  • Served in the U.S. Military Services in the last 18 months and have not filed a claim with another state.

  • Are a laid off federal employee and have worked in Iowa in the last 18 months.

  • If you are no longer working or working substantially fewer hours.

  • Applications can be submitted any time during the first week of unemployment, but should be filed before Friday noon for best service.

  • If you are receiving vacation or severance pay from your last employer, it is suggested that you contact your local IowaWORKS Center.

If you have not worked in the state of Iowa in the last 18 months, you cannot use this application to file your claim.

If you are unsure if you should use this application, click the exit button and contact your local IowaWORKS Center.

During the process of filing your unemployment application you need to have the following information available:

  • Your Social Security number.

  • Names and addresses of all your employers during the last 18 months.

  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, your Alien Registration number.

  • If you have served in the U.S. Armed Forces in the last 18 months, you will have to provide a copy of your DD-214, member 4.

  • If you have worked for the U.S. government in the last 18 months, you will have to provide address information from your SF-8 form.

  • Name(s) of anyone you will be claiming as a dependent. The maximum number of dependents allowed is four (4).

Click here to sign in or set up your account.

Unemployment Insurance Service Center
P.O. Box 10332
Des Moines, Iowa 50306-0332

E-mail: uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov

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