Unemployment Benefits: Overview

Elyssa Duncan
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April 8, 2020
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Here are the basics about Unemployment Insurance:

  1. Unemployment Insurance is a shared state and federal program that provides cash benefits to the unemployed.

  2. Typically, it's for eligible workers who have become unemployed due to circumstances that were not their own fault.

  3. Each state has their own program, but they all fall under guidelines set by the federal government.

  4. Each state determines who is eligible and the cap on the maximum benefit you can receive.

  5. Unemployment insurance benefits are based on a percentage of your earnings over the course of a 52-week period.

  6. Benefits must be reported on your income tax return for both federal and some state income taxes.

  7. If you prefer, you can choose to spread out your taxes by having them taken out of your benefit payments.

For more information specific to YOUR state, visit our state unemployment section!


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Robert Lovvorn
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Before

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Robert Lovvorn
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Unmploment Benefrts

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kim branco
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i want to know if my regular benfits run out next week am i still going to recieve the 600 a week because im still not working dur to corona virus so will i still get tje 600 wekly til july 31

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PEGGY Carmichael
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I need help I don't know if my app was accepted, it's been 5 weeks I'm going to be homeless and I can't get ahold of anyone

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Rhyzu Ronadoco
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Is anyone working at the unemployment center ??? To help ????? Got laid off March 17th 2020 due to coronavirus so been unemployed. No benefits.. and my status says and states: no pay explanation voluntary quit. Um what the heck ? I never quit ? Why can no one awnser is there no one working why can no one help! I am now called back to work and waiting on my first paycheck. So 3 months I am almost becoming homeless my kids and I have to go live in a room with my brothers house. Anyone please help me ?

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Viviana Gonzalez
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My last job was in march please i'm depending to myself and need pay bills i need HELP.!!! I NEED A JOB OR SOMETHING HELP

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Javier Barrios
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I lost my job on March 18 because of Covid pandemia. I applied for PUA and was accepted. I received (and activated) the Gov2Go Debit Card and uploaded the App in my cell BUT I have not received any payment after 14 weeks submitting info. I am just about to be homeless, no relatives to move with and bills are piling up. I called the Unemployment Office but the automated system and after navigating several options, it ends up telling me to "wait in line for a representative" and after just a minute it cuts off. Really? Who does that! Anyone here has any experience to share about this? Any suggestion? Thank you.

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Angel Lopez
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Hello

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david hitchcock
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Iam trusting the lord for a breakthru in work circumstances as a registered level 4 tourist guide and due to the covid19 issue tourism quiet at moment and also stand in agreement with my fellow brothers and sisters in their circumstances , any driving job would be appreciated and i have more than 20years driving experience in different sectors , we will overcome in Jesus name ....

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Linda Alize Wooldridge
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I'm in need of finding housing assistance because where im staying now is to difficult to live

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