COVID-19 & Employment
Updated August 10, 2020
Information from Iowa Workforce Development
The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) additional $600 payment per week ended in Iowa on July 25th. On August 8, 2020, President Trump signed an Executive Order authorizing additional payments for some individuals receiving unemployment benefits.
Iowa Workforce Development needs additional guidance from the Department of Labor before this benefit can be developed and implemented. Please do not contact customer service regarding whether you are eligible for the benefits or when it may be paid. The phone lines need to be kept open for individuals who have questions regarding filing for unemployment benefits.
If you have filed for unemployment insurance and you were denied state unemployment insurance, you may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) if you are unable to work as a result of COVID-19. Your denial letter for unemployment insurance will likely state that you must repay benefits that you have received. If you are approved for PUA, you will not be required to repay any benefits. Learn more about the program and apply for PUA here: https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/pua-information.
If you receive notice that you have exhausted your initial entitlement of regular unemployment benefits, you may be eligible for an additional 13 weeks of Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). For more information visit the PEUC page on the Iowa Workforce Development website.