Iowa Unemployment Insurance Benefits

If you live and have worked in Iowa and have recently lost your job through no fault of your own, you may qualify for Iowa Unemployment compensation as long as you were not fired. One additional requirement to file a claim for unemployment is that you must have worked a minimum of 18 months at your job and have received paid wages. Unemployment compensation can be a lifeline for you that will get you through until you are able to get another job. In a struggling economy, Iowa is there to help to provide financial security for you and your family. For many, who have never been in this position, filing for unemployment compensation can be confusing. You should try to file as soon as possible after you stop working or you may lose benefits since Iowa Unemployment benefits are not retroactive. The state of Iowa does allow individuals to temporarily collect money if all requirements have been met.

The first thing to do after you have stopped working is to file an initial claim for unemployment. To make an unemployment claim, you will need to contact unemployment. This can be done online by accessing the site You can file in person for a claim for unemployment at a local Workforce Development Center. Finally, you might find that your employer may file your claim for you.

To file, you will need to provide your name and address, your Social Security Number, your date of birth, the name address and telephone number of your most recent employer including the dates you worked for that employer. If you were discharged from the military in the last 18 months, you were a Federal employee in the last 18 months, or you are not a U.S. citizen, you might need some additional information. If you have dependents who you can claim on your Federal Income Tax return, you will need their names. If you are married and your wife earned less than $120 a week, you will need their name.

There is a limit to the weekly benefit you can get from Iowa Unemployment. The weekly benefit you will get is based on your base wages and the number of dependents you have. Unemployment claims generally takes 2-3 weeks after you file a claim before receiving the first benefit check.

While receiving compensation for unemployment, you must actively look for a job and be available to work if an opportunity comes up. You must also register for work at the Workforce Development Center. Iowa hopes that the Unemployment compensation will help you until you can find a job again.

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