Iowans’ Unemployment and Injury Benefits Increase

Iowa Workforce Development announced today there will be an increase to the amount of maximum weekly benefits paid to unemployed Iowans and to workers injured on the job beginning July 4, 2021.  A statutorily required annual review of wages covered by unemployment insurance has triggered the increase.  The average annual wage for insured Iowa workers increased to $52,130.71 in 2020, up from $48,455.86 in 2019.

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. The new rates are:

Chart of benefits for Unemployment Insurance an Workers Compensation

Iowa Workforce Development officials noted that about half of those eligible for unemployment insurance benefits have enough earnings to qualify for the maximum benefit. The 2022 taxable wage base will be $34,800.

The new benefit payment schedules apply to individuals who file new unemployment insurance claims for the week beginning July 4, 2021, and to workers injured on or after July 1, 2021. Individuals currently receiving benefits from state or federal programs will continue to receive the same weekly benefit amount.

Beginning July 1, the workers’ compensation maximum weekly benefit for temporary total disability, healing period, permanent total disability and death will rise to $2,005. For permanent partial disability, the weekly maximum will be $1,845.

Information about the weekly benefits is available in the 2020/2021 Unemployment Insurance Claimant Handbook at

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