Iowa Workforce Development

News Releases and Updates

News Releases and Updates

DES MOINES, IOWA – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged up to 4.9 percent in August, as more Iowans continued to enter the labor force. The August rate was up from 4.8 percent in July, but down from the year ago rate of 5.3 percent

DES MOINES, IOWA – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 4.8 percent in July from 4.6 percent in June, but remained substantially below the July 2012 rate of 5.5 percent. In contrast, the U.S. unemployment rate for July dropped to 7.4 percent from 7.6 percent in June.

DES MOINES – Maximum weekly benefits paid to jobless Iowans and to workers injured on the job will increase July 1, 2013 announced Iowa Workforce Development.


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 https://uiclaims.iwd.iowa.gov/weeklyclaims 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, www.myiowaui.org.  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.