COVID-19 & Iowa’s Extended Benefits (EB) Program

By October 27, 2020October 30th, 2020COVID-19

Iowa “triggered off” of the unemployment Extended Benefits (EB) program, meaning that Iowa’s unemployment rate averaged below 5% for the last 13 weeks.

The state advises that the last payable week on the EB program is the week ending October 31, 2020.  EB cannot be paid to any claimant for weeks of unemployment after October 31, 2020, even if they have not yet received 13 weeks of EB.

However, please be aware that those who lose EB may be eligible for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Claimants may apply this program at

Please visit the state’s website for additional information about unemployment insurance benefits:


Our office will monitor COVID-19 updates closely and will send out additional announcements as we become aware of any updates. You can also review these updates on our website at too.

Please reach out to your representative with any questions.

Mike Parker

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Mike has 30 years of experience in unemployment cost control management, and has been with Thomas & Company for 25 years. He is the primary contact with state agencies building strong relationships, lobbying for opportunities that increase quality of service and efficiencies, and insuring compliance with state specific requirements. He works with the client service team, answering technical questions related to the unemployment insurance programs administered by the individual states and oversees the processes associated with wage audits and fraudulent claim inquiries. Mike is a member of the SIDES Operations Committee and currently sits on four Operations Committee subcommittees.

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