Coronavirus Update! -- What Iowa Residents Need to Know About Unemployment Benefits
As the coronavirus continues to keep businesses closed across the country, the unemployment rate remains high. If you have lost your job in Iowa, you can apply for unemployment benefits at the Iowa Workforce Development: Unemployment Insurance Services Division. Find resources about how unemployment claims relating to COVID-19 will be handled in Iowa.
As of mid-May 2021, more than 16 million people were collecting some form of unemployment. This figure includes the millions of employees who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 and the steps state and local governments have taken to contain it, from orders shutting down nonessential businesses to shelter-in-place restrictions, school closures, and more. It also includes millions of gig workers, contractors, and self-employed people who are collecting unemployment benefits through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.
As explained below, the federal government has created several pandemic unemployment benefit programs, to provide enhanced benefits for a longer period of time to more people who are out of work. However, some states are beginning to cut off federal benefit programs, beginning on June 12.
The Governor of Iowa recently announced that Iowa is ending its participation in all of the federal pandemic unemployment programs as of June 12, 2021. After this date, claimants will no longer be eligible for:
- pandemic unemployment compensation, which provides an additional $300 per week in benefits
- pandemic unemployment assistance, which extends benefits to gig workers, contractors, freelancers, and others who would not otherwise be eligible, and
- pandemic emergency unemployment compensation, which provides additional weeks of benefits to those who have used up their state benefits.
If You Are Still Employed: Some states provide paid time off that may be available to you. See Am I Entitled to Paid Sick Leave, Family Leave, or Vacation Time in Iowa to learn more.
Federal and state governments have made changes to their unemployment programs, to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. more...