Iowa Workforce Development

News Releases and Updates

News Releases and Updates

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.6 percent in September from 4.5 percent in August. The state’s jobless rate was 4.5 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 5.9 percent in September compared to 6.1 percent in August.

“This grant will allow Iowa to continue implementing technology solutions that lead to faster claims processing and enhanced prevention of overpayments,” stated Iowa Workforce Development Director Teresa Wahlert. “The department is dedicated to protecting the integrity of the Unemployment Insurance system while implementing enhancements the benefit both individuals and employers.”

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 4.5 percent in August, but was down from the August 2013 rate of 4.7 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped slightly to 6.1 percent in August compared to 6.2 percent in July.

“Iowa experienced gains in labor force, total employment, and nonfarm employment in August,” said Teresa Wahlert, director of Iowa Workforce Development. “The state’s labor force participation rate also continued to trend up this month, as an increasing percentage of Iowans seek employment.”

Iowa Workforce Development announced today that employers will see approximately $108 million dollars in tax savings by moving from tax table six to table seven. The last time unemployment insurance taxes were this low was 2002. The average rate will fall from 1.6 percent to 1.2 percent for 2015.

Common Questions

Common Questions

After you report your first two continued weekly Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims, you will be able to check the status of your UI claim for benefits online at or by calling 1-800-850-5627 and selecting the option to “Check on the Status of Your Claim.”

You will be able to review the following information:

As soon as you become fully or partially unemployed you should file your inital Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim by filling out an application. Your UI claim is effective the Sunday of the week during which the application is filed. No UI benefits are paid for the weeks of unemployment prior to the week you submit the application.

UI claims are applied for by one of the following four options:

Visit our online registration site,  Select "Create User" directions will be provided for you to then proceed through the process. The system will determine liability for you when you enter in your business information.  If found you are liable, you will receive your account number immediately.