State Extended Benefits

State Extended Benefits

Iowans who have exhausted their entitlement of the additional 13 weeks of Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) may be eligible for the State Extended Benefit (EB) program of up to an additional 13 weeks. The payable period for State Extended Benefits (EB) in Iowa began the week of May 17, 2020, when the 13-week average insured unemployment rate reached 5.0%.  Unemployed workers who exhaust their allotted weeks of regular state unemployment and then the 13 weeks of federal PEUC benefits will now be eligible for State EB, which provides up to an additional 13 weeks of regular unemployment benefits while State EB is still triggered “On” in Iowa.  


State EB Availability

IWD started issuing State EB payments the week of July 19, 2020.  If you have exhausted PEUC, you should continue to file your weekly claim. 


  • 13 weeks or 50% of original UI entitlement, whichever is less
  • If you reside out of state and do not commute to Iowa to work, you will only be eligible for 2 weeks of EB if your resident state has not triggered "On" to Extended Benefits.

Program Hierarchy:

Programs will pay in the following order:

  • Regular UI (including Alternate Base Period claims), Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employment (UCFE) or Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service Members (UCX) 
  • PEUC
  • State Extended Benefits (EB)
  • PUA (paid after EB, see “EB & PUA” section below)
  • Trade Readjustment Act (TRA) payments 
  • Business Closing
  • Training Extension Benefits (TEB)


Who is Eligible?

PDF Version of the State Extended Benefits Eligibility Chart


Eligibility Requirements

An individual must:

  • Have exhausted regular unemployment benefits & Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
  • Have total wages in the base period equal or greater to one and one-half times your highest quarter wages.
  • Be actively seeking employment unless a work search waiver is currently in place.

How do I apply?

  • You do not need to take any action to be eligible for State EB.  After you have exhausted all other benefits available to you, IWD will review your claim and automatically review you for EB.  If it is determined you are ineligible for benefits, you will be notified.  You should continue to file your weekly claim application so any retroactive payments can be issued.