Iowa Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Program DescriptionThe Federal-State Unemployment Insurance Program provides unemployment benefits to eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own (as determined under Iowa law, and meet other eligibility requirements of Iowa law.
- Unemployment insurance (UI) payments (benefits) are intended to provide temporary financial assistance to unemployed workers who meet the requirements of Iowa law.
- Iowa administers a separate unemployment insurance program within guidelines established by Federal law.
General Program RequirementsIn order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have worked in Iowa during the past 15 to 18 months and have earned at least a minimum amount of wages as determined by our guidelines. You must also be able to work and available for work each week that you are collecting benefits.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.
Application ProcessTo file a claim online or to check the status of your claim, please visit the Unemployment Insurance Services Division page.
Program Contact Information
For more information on Unemployment Insurance, please visit the Claimant Handbook - A Guide to Unemployment Insurance Benefits page.
You may also visit the U.S. Department of Labor's State Unemployment Insurance Benefits website for additional Federal program information.