Introduction to Iowa Unemployment Benefits
Out of work and trying to find a job? You’re not the only one, Iowa Unemployment rate is up to 4.6%. The good news is that you may qualify for Iowa Unemployment Benefits. Iowa Unemployment Benefits provide temporary financial assistance for unemployed workers and their families.
Eligibility Requirements for Iowa Unemployment Benefits
In order to receive Iowa Unemployment Benefits, you must:
1) Be totally or partially unemployed;
2) Have worked and earned a minimum amount of wages in work covered by unemployment tax during the past 18 months;
3) Have lost your job through no fault of your own;
4) Be able and available for work;
5) Register for work at your local Workforce Development Center, unless work search is waived; and
6) Be actively seeking work, unless work search is waived.
Applying for Iowa Unemployment Benefits
To requests Iowa Unemployment Benefits you may:
1) File an Iowa Unemployment Benefit Claim Online at http://www.iowaworkforce.org/ui/index.html;
2) File an Iowa Unemployment Benefit Claim at a local Workforce Development Center; or
3) File an Iowa Unemployment Benefit Claim through your employer.
To apply for Iowa Unemployment Benefits, you will also need to provide the following:
1) Your Social Security number;
2) The name, payroll address and telephone number of your most recent employer;
3) The first and last date you worked for that employer;
4) An Alien Registration number if you are NOT a U.S. citizen or permanent refugee;
5) If you served on active duty in the U.S. military during the past 18 months, a DD214 (member copy 4); or
6) If you worked for the federal government in the past 18 months, a Standard Form 8, if one was provided to you; and
7) The names of any dependents that you claim as exemptions on your federal income tax return. You may claim your spouse as a dependent if her/his gross wages were $120 or less in the week prior to filing your claim. Self-employment does not count as gross wages for dependent purposes.
Receiving Iowa Unemployment Benefits
The Weekly Benefit Amount of your Iowa Unemployment Benefits claim is determined by your gross wages received from all covered employers in the highest quarter of your base period and by the number of dependents you claim. Most workers are eligible to receive a maximum of 26 weeks of Iowa Unemployment Benefits. However, this can be extended in certain cases, such as factory closings, or by law.
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