How Do I Claim Weekly Benefits?

Each week you are unemployed and want to claim benefit payments, you must certify that you:

  • are unemployed or working reduced hours;
  • are able and available for work;
  • have not refused any job offers or referrals to a job;
  • are actively looking for work (unless waived); and
  • are reporting any pay or private pension you may be receiving.

To file your weekly­continued claim by telephone, just call the continued claims reporting system at (800) 850­5627 (outside the Des Moines area) or 281­6231 (in the Des Moines calling area). An Interactive Voice Response unit (IVR) will answer and will ask you the eligibility questions one at a time.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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