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Automated Phone Option Phased out Oct. 1; File Unemployment Insurance Claims Online

DES MOINES, IA – On October 1, 2016, Iowans filing continuing unemployment insurance claims will complete the process online rather than over the phone. Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) Unemployment Insurance (UI) Division is phasing out the automated telephone option and asking Iowans to file online using a smart phone, tablet or computer. Iowans can also review their benefit status online.

Ryan West, UI Division Officer, said he anticipates a smooth transition for the small number of individuals who file unemployment insurance benefits over the phone.

Iowa Workforce Development Unveils Mobile Option for Filing Weekly Unemployment Insurance Claims

Recent upgrades now allow Iowans to use a smart phone or tablet, in addition to a computer, to file weekly (continuing) unemployment insurance claims and review their benefit status online. Note: New or initial unemployment insurance claims must be filed on a computer, due to the number of questions and amount of information required to set up a new account.

Iowa's Unemployment Rate Trends Up to 4.2 Percent in August

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.2 percent in August from 4.1 percent in July. The state’s jobless rate was 3.6 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate remained at 4.9 percent in August.

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Employer Unemployment Insurance Tax Table for 2017

Iowa law requires Iowa Workforce Development establish the tax table that will be used to determine the unemployment tax rate for eligible employers each year. The unemployment insurance rate table trigger formula is primarily based on the trust fund balance, unemployment benefit payment history and covered wage growth. The formula is designed to enable the trust fund to keep pace with potential liabilities as covered employment and wages grow.