Iowa Online Unemployment

In Iowa and across the United States, families are struggling in this poor economy. If you lose your job, it feels so much worse because the job market is slim. Fortunately, you can get Iowa Unemployment services online and start receiving benefits fairly quickly.

Online Unemployment Filing

The quickest method to file an unemployment claim is to use the online unemployment services offered by the Iowa Unemployment Services Division. In order to file successfully you need to be unemployed due to a business closing, business layoff or business downsizing. If you were fired for cause or quit your job, you are probably not eligible for benefits. However, it is worth contacting the Iowa WORKS Center closest to you for more information. You can find the unemployment online service, information on IowaWORKS and more at

Iowa Unemployment Service Online

Before filing a claim, you will need to find documentation regarding your work life over the last 18 months. This includes supervisor’s names, salary information, pay stubs, Iowa business address, Iowa work and home phone numbers and so forth. Remember that if your information makes it easy for the Iowa online unemployment service to verify your application, you will get your benefits in a timely fashion.

Other Criteria for Eligibility

If you are still eligible for money due to an existing unemployment claim in another state or an existing Railroad Unemployment claim, you must complete that claim first. Members of the U.S. military must have an Iowa residence in order to file in Iowa.

Filing Iowa Online Unemployment

The first step to filing is to go to There you can create an account and password. Once you do this, you will use this account to check the status of your claim, and if approved, to maintain your benefits by certifying your work status.

Once you have filed, you should receive a confirmation email and further instructions. Pay close attention to any emails you receive and answer those questions promptly.

If you prefer to file in person, you will need to look at to find the Iowa Works Center nearest you. To file by phone, you can use the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone system. In Des Moines, you can call (515) 281-6231. Outside the Des Moines area call toll free: (800) 850-5627. The phone system is often busy weekends. However, it is available 9 to 5 during the week.

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