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  • Select the state where your were employed in.

  • Once you select the state from the drop down list, the website and phone contact information will be provided guide you in filing for unemployment benefits in your state.

  • Many states require you to file for unemployment benefits on the web. Some provide toll-free numbers or other ways to obtain assistance in filing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get Extended Benefits after my regular benefits expire?2019-03-18T17:17:29+00:00

You may qualify for Extended Benefits after your regular unemployment benefits expire.

Most states pay a maximum of 26 weeks of unemployment benefits, but additional weeks of payments, called Extended Benefits, may be added during times of high unemployment.

When an Extended Benefits program is made available, the state Unemployment Insurance agency is responsible for contacting eligible recipients, but recipients may also ask about availability directly from their state agency.

Find details of your own state’s program by selecting your state in the box below.

What if I’m Denied?2019-03-18T17:15:15+00:00

Applications may be rejected for several reasons, but you may appeal for reconsideration.

Each state Unemployment Insurance Program makes its own decisions about workers’ eligibility for benefits. There are many reasons for denying benefit payments; some of the most common are:

  • Voluntarily leaving work without good cause. Benefit payments can be paid if you quit under certain circumstances depending on your state’s laws.
  • Being discharged for misconduct connected with work. Misconduct is an intentional or controllable act or failure to take action, which shows a deliberate disregard of the employer’s interests.
  • Not being able to work or available for work. You must be able, ready and willing to accept a suitable job.
  • Refusing an offer of suitable work.
  • Knowingly making false statements to obtain benefit payments.

If you are disqualified or denied benefits, you have the right to file an appeal. Your employer may also appeal a determination if he/she does not agree with the state’s determination regarding your eligibility. You must file your appeal within an established time frame. Find out how to file an appeal in your state by selecting your state in the box below.

How do I ensure I keep getting my benefits?2019-03-18T17:14:14+00:00

See if you meet your state’s requirements to continue receiving unemployment benefits.

You can find details of your own state’s program by selecting your state in the box below, but most states require the following:

  • File weekly or biweekly claims, usually by mail or phone.
  • Report any earnings from work you had during the week(s). States have different rules for how much money you can earn while receiving benefits.
  • Report any job offers or job offers you decline during the week.
  • If requested, report to your local Unemployment Insurance claims office or American Job Center on the scheduled day and time. Benefits may be denied for those who do not attend. 
  • Some states require registration for work with the State Employment Service, so it can assist you in finding employment.

You can get assistance with your job search at http://www.unemploymentadvisory.com/rapid-re-employment-program to connect with a career development specialist to help with:

  • Resume writing to get noticed by employers
  • Job Search using LinkedIn to get more interviews
  • Interview prep to increase the number of job offers
  • Refer you to training programs to increase your income
    Connect with a Career Development Specialist
How do I apply for unemployment benefits?2019-03-18T17:02:44+00:00

Here’s how to get started applying for unemployment benefits in your state.

To receive unemployment benefits, you need to file a claim with the unemployment program in the state where you worked.

  • You should contact your state’s unemployment insurance program as soon as possible after becoming unemployed. Find your state’s program by selecting your state in the box below, and check with them to see if you should file a claim in person, by telephone, or online.
  • Generally, you should file your claim with the state where you worked. If you worked in a state other than the one where you now live or if you worked in multiple states, the state unemployment insurance agency where you now live can provide information about how to file your claim with other states.
  • When you file a claim, you will be asked for certain information, such as addresses and dates of your former employment. To make sure your claim is not delayed, be sure to give complete and correct information.
  • It generally takes two to three weeks after you file your claim to receive your first benefit check. Some states require a one-week waiting period; in other words, you would receive your first payment for the second week of your unemployment claim.
Am I eligible to receive unemployment benefits?2019-03-18T17:00:59+00:00

Find out if you might qualify for unemployment benefits in your state.

Each state sets its own guidelines for eligibility for unemployment benefits, but you usually qualify if you:

  • Are unemployed through no fault of your own. In most states, this means you have to have separated from your last job due to a lack of available work.
  • Meet work and wage requirements. You must meet your state’s requirements for wages earned or time worked during an established period of time referred to as a “base period.” (In most states, this is usually the first four out of the last five completed calendar quarters prior to the time that your claim is filed.)
  • Meet additional state requirements. Find details of your own state’s program by selecting your state below.
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