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News Releases and Updates

News Releases and Updates

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent in February from 4.2 percent in January. The state’s jobless rate was 4.4 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in February.

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent in February from 4.2 percent in January. The state’s jobless rate was 4.4 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in February.

"Iowa’s economy began the new year on a positive note,” said Beth Townsend, director of Iowa Workforce Development. “The state’s unemployment rate decreased to 4.2 percent in January and nonfarm employment added 3,100 jobs. Several sectors are at or near all-time highs in employment including construction and financial services.”

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded Iowa Workforce Development over $1.04 million dollars to enhance the Voluntary Shared Work program for Iowa employers and affected employees.

Common Questions

Common Questions

You should file an application for an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim as soon as you become fully or partially unemployed. Your initial claim starts on the Sunday of the week you submit the application, not the last day you worked. UI weeks begin on Sunday and end on Saturday. No UI benefits are paid for the weeks of unemployment prior to the week you submit the application.

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 800-850-5627 and selecting the option to “Check on the Status of Your Claim.”

You will be able to review the following information:

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.