Iowa Unemployment

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Filing a claim for Iowa unemployment:

When it comes time to file for unemployment insurance, sooner is always better. The best time to file is the day following your last day of employment. This is because your benefits are only retroactive to the date that you submitted your claim not your last day of work.
In Iowa State you are able to file your initial claim a few different of ways.
  • The preferred and fastest way to file an initial claim for unemployment benefits in Iowa is online. To access the online application please go to: Iowa work force.
  • If you do not meet the requirement to apply online or prefer another method, you may apply in person by going to your local Iowa WORKS Center. To find the IowaWORKS Center closest to you, please check here: Iowa offices
  • Lastly, some employers are part of a workforce development program where they have the ability to file your initial claim on your behalf. You can check with your employer to see if they are part of the program.

Information needed to file an initial claim:

No matter which way you choose to file your initial claim, there is certain information that will be requested. To speed up the application process, make sure to have the following information ready and available before you begin your application.
  • Your Social Security Number (SSN)
  • Your official name, address and zip code
  • Your State driver’s license, Photo ID card, or your Alien Registration Information if not a US citizen
  • Your DD-214 if you served in the military within the past 18 months
  • Your SF-8, if you worked in the federal government within the past 18 months
  • The name(s) of dependents that you claim as exemptions on your yearly tax return, if applicable.
  • Your last employer’s name, payroll address, telephone number, employment dates, and separation reason

Appeal a Claim Determination:

After you submit your initial claim a determination will be made as to whether or not you qualify for unemployment insurance. Don’t assume your claim will automatically be accepted because some are rejected. If you get a notice saying that you have been denied benefits, you have the option to file an appeal regarding your claim determination. Here is a link to the Iowa State unemployment appeal information

Emergency Unemployment Compensation (UEC) / Unemployment Extension Options:

There are different tiers of extensions offered based on the unemployment status for each State. To learn about the Iowa State unemployment extensions please check out the following information on these pages: and


File a claim for unemployment
Insurance in Iowa State
Iowa State Unemployment
Insurance Handbook
Unemployment Insurance
Unemployment Extensions /
Emergency Unemployment
Information on Iowa Claims
Appeal Process

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