File a Weekly Claim

How to File a Weekly Claim

Most claimants can receive unemployment insurance (UI) benefits for up to 16 weeks, and in some cases 26 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. 

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NOTICE:  As of January 9th, 2022, reemployment activities requirements changed from two (2) to four (4). Three (3) of those reemployment activities are required to be job applications. You are required to create an IowaWORKS profile and certify your reemployment activities. You will utilize IowaWORKS to certify your reemployment activities. You are required to certify your reemployment activities prior to filing your weekly claim. Read these Frequently Asked Questions for more details.

AVISO: A partir del 9 de enero de 2022, los requisitos de actividades de reempleo cambiaron de dos (2) a cuatro (4). Se requiere que tres (3) de esas actividades de reempleo sean solicitudes de empleo. Debe crear un perfil de IowaWORKS y certificar sus actividades de reempleo. Utilizará IowaWORKS para certificar sus actividades de reempleo. Debe certificar sus actividades de reempleo antes de presentar su reclamo semanal. 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.

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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.