Dept. of Labor: Due to economic recovery, State Extended Benefits program will end Oct. 31


Due to Iowa’s recent economic recovery, the U.S. Department of Labor has notified state officials that the state’s residents are no longer eligible for the unemployment Extended Benefits (EB) program. This means Iowa’s insured unemployment rate has averaged below 5% for the last 13 weeks.

The last payable week on the Extended Benefits program is the week ending October 31st. Extended Benefits cannot be paid to any claimant for weeks of unemployment after October 31st, even if they have not yet received 13 weeks of EB. Those who lose Extended Benefits may be eligible for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.  Claimants may apply for the program at

For additional information regarding entitlement to unemployment insurance benefits, visit