Iowa Unemployment Benefits Calculator

The latest figures for Iowa show an unemployment rate of 6.0%.

Calculate your estimated benefit by answering a few questions below.
State in which you earned wages
Approximate wages earned from Apr. 1, 2019 - Jun. 30, 2019  
Approximate wages earned from Jul. 1, 2019 - Sep. 30, 2019  
Approximate wages earned from Oct. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019  
Approximate wages earned from Jan. 1, 2020 - Mar. 31, 2020  
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Iowa unemployment insurance benefits are available if you meet these criteria.  The numbers are subject to change, and though does our best to maintain current data, we do not guarantee its accuracy.  Please check with the UI Division for the latest facts and figures.

Administering organization: Iowa UI Division

You are totally or partially unemployed through no fault of your own.
You have worked and earned a minimum amount of wages in work covered by unemployment tax during the past 18 months.
You are able and available for work.
You are registered for work at your local Workforce Development Center, unless work search is waved.  You can register for work on-line by using the Employment Registration Services application.
You are actively seeking work unless search is waived.
Keep a record of your work search contacts and provide a copy of your work search contacts on the Work Search History form upon request.
The base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters at the time you file your initial claim for benefits.

1-Earned and have been paid wages by employers covered by unemployment insurance in two or more quarters of your base period.
2-Total base period earnings of at least 1.25 times the wages you earned in your highest base-period quarter.
3-A minimum amount of wages in the high and low quarters of the base period.
For program year 7/01/2008-6/30/2009: High quarter minimum = $1,240; Low quarter minimum = $620

Who can apply:  Out of work and part time workers

How long can you claim benefits: Up to 26 weeks.

Weekly benefit amount:  Max. $361 (without any dependents and Max. $443 for up to 4 dependents)

Determined by: Gross wages from all covered employers in the high quarter (HQ) of your base period and by the number of dependents you claim

Weekly benefit calculation:
No Dependent: High Quarter earning /23 (with a minimum of $361)
1 Dependent: High Quarter earning / 22 (with a minimum of $375)
2 Dependents: High Quarter earning / 21 (with a minimum of $389)
3 Dependents: High Quarter earning / 20 (with a minimum of $409)
4+ Dependents: High Quarter earning / 19 (with a minimum of $443)