Iowa Unemployment Department

The Iowa Department of Labor is in charge of handling unemployment insurance and other unemployment related services in this state. If you have recently become unemployed and meet the requirements, you may file an unemployment insurance claim at this department.

Below you will find all the contact information for the Iowa Department of Labor, including the phone number, location and official website. You can receive assistance online, by phone or in person to make any request, file claims, report frauds or find a new job.

  • Unemployment Department Location
    Iowa Workforce Development
    1000 E Grand Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50319
  • Unemployment Claim Phone Number
    To apply for IA unemployment benefits by phone, call 866-239-0843.
  • Unempoyment Claim Online
    The easist way to file for unemployment insurance in Iowa is through the online system. You can apply for IA unemployment online by clicking here.

To apply for unemployment insurance benefits, you must file a claim with the unemployment insurance program in the state where you worked. If you worked in a state other than Iowa, use our search tool to find the contact information for the appropriate unemployment department.

It is important that you contact the unemployment insurance program immediately after losing your job. You can usually file your unemployment insurance claim in person, over the phone or online.

When filing the claim, you will need to provide certain information, such as addresses and dates of your former employment. Be sure to provide complete information to avoid delays in your claim. Generally, you will receive your first benefit check two to three weeks after filing your claim.