Iowans’ Unemployment and Injury Benefits Increase


Des Moines, IA ( - Iowa Workforce Development announced an increase to maximum weekly benefits paid to unemployed Iowans and to workers injured on the job.  The new benefit payment schedules apply to people who file new unemployment insurance claims on or after July 7, 2019, and to workers injured on or after July 1, 2019.

An increase in wages covered by unemployment insurance triggered the rise in benefits.  The average annual wage for insured Iowa workers increased to $47,290.57 in 2018, up from $45,877.31 in 2017.

Under Iowa law, the number of people covered by unemployment insurance and their gross wages are primary elements of a formula Iowa Workforce Development uses each year to compute maximum and minimum benefit amounts paid to jobless workers. 

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