How to File a Weekly Claim
Most claimants can receive unemployment insurance (UI) benefits for up to 26 weeks, and in some cases 39 weeks. To receive payments after filing for UI benefits, a claimant must confirm eligibility every week using the claims reporting system.
Each week that the weekly claim is filed, the claimant will be asked to certify the following:
- are unemployed or working only reduced hours
- are able and available for work
- have not refused any job offers or referrals
- are actively looking for work (unless waived)
- are reporting any pension they may be receiving
- are reporting any gross wages, vacation (PTO), severance and/or holiday pay they may be receiving
The weekly claim can be filed online or by mobile devices.
Review these Frequently Asked Questions about Unemployment Insurance and weekly claim filing.
The payment information page has details about debit card and direct deposit benefit payment options. (This page has an updated Notice for Bank of America Cardholders - Sept 2021).
Here is a helpful document that briefly describes the Unemployment Insurance claim process.
NOTICE: Beginning January 9, 2022, reemployment activities for unemployment benefits claimants (where work search is required) will be increasing from two to four activities as part of Iowa Workforce Development’s new Reemployment Case Management (RCM) program. Under the new procedures, unemployment claimants will file their weekly claims on this website and will report their reemployment activities on IowaWORKS. Read these Frequently Asked Questions for more details.
AVISO: A partir del 9 de enero de 2022, las actividades de reempleo para los solicitantes de beneficios por desempleo (donde se requiere la búsqueda de trabajo) aumentarán de dos a cuatro actividades como parte del nuevo programa de administración de casos de reempleo (RCM) de Iowa Workforce Development. Según los nuevos procedimientos, los solicitantes de desempleo presentarán sus reclamos semanales en este sitio web e informarán sus actividades de reempleo en IowaWORKS. Lea estas preguntas frecuentes para obtener más detalles.
Hours to Submit a Weekly Claim
Monday through Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
8:00 am to 7:30 pm Sunday
Check the Status of a UI Claim (Benefit Inquiry)
The 'status of claim' option allows claimants to verify:
- the last week UI benefits were claimed
- the date and amount of the last UI benefit payment
- the remaining balance of UI benefits available to receive
The 'status of claim' or 'UI benefit payment' is available online.
Hours to Check Status of a UI Claim
Tuesday through Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
If Monday is a holiday, the 'status of claim' option is not available until Wednesday of that week.