Iowa Unemployment Department

The department in this state that handles unemployment insurance is called Iowa Workforce Development. If you have questions or issues about filing a new or weekly unemployment claim, they should be able to assist you. We provide the contact information for the Iowa Unemployment Department below including the location, phone number and government website where you can find out how to file your claims, report fraud, find a job for employees and help businesses grow for employers. We also provide the information on how to file for IA unemployment online and file for unemployment over the phone.

If you lost your job at no fault of your own, then it is important to file your claim right away. The effective date of all UI claims, regardless of filing method, will be the Sunday of the week in which the application was filed. The effective date of a claim will not be changed for applications that were not filed in a timely manner. If an individual waits until after the calendar week has ended on Saturday to file a UI claim, the individual will not be eligible to be paid for the prior week. At the time of filing you will need information including your social security number and name. Payroll address and telephone number of your last employer. Start and end dates of your last job. Whether or not you will receive vacation pay, severance, etc. Alien registration number (if not a US citizen or permanent refugee) and more. To see if you are eligible to receive these benefits and what additional information is needed when applying, find out how to file your Iowa unemployment claim. As a reminder, unemployment insurance benefits are taxable. You must report any unemployment benefits you receive as part of your gross income on your taxes.

  • Unemployment Department Location
  • Iowa Workforce Development
    1000 E Grand Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50319

  • Unemployment Claim Phone Number
  • To file for IA unemployment benefits over the phone, call 866-239-0843.

  • Unempoyment Claim Online
  • The easist way to file your claim is through their online system. To file for IA unemployment online, click here.