How to keep your unemployment payments coming

Ashley Wilson
Community Specialist
April 8, 2020
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So my unemployment application got accepted…what now?

If you were approved to receive unemployment benefits, that great! You’ll now begin receiving payments which should help you make ends meet during this very uncertain time in our economy.

If it’s your first time claiming unemployment benefits, you should know that once your application is approved, there are still plenty of things you need to do so you can continue to collect unemployment benefits. If you don’t do these things, your benefits could end before you’re ready!

What do I have to do to keep my benefits?

After your initial unemployment benefits claim is approved, you must complete certain job seeking tasks in order to remain eligible for benefits. Your completion of these tasks notifies your state’s unemployment office that you’re still keeping up with your job search and actively trying to transition out of unemployment. Many states will track your efforts by having you report on your job seeking habits and successes on a regular basis.

To remain eligible for benefits, most states require you to:

  • File claims on a weekly or biweekly basis. This lets your local unemployment office know that you’re still in need of unemployment benefits and will update them on your progress in finding new employment.
  • Be unemployed, or working significantly reduced hours, through no fault of your own. If you start earning money again (in any way), you will have to report those earnings to your unemployment office. Depending on the amount earned, you may still be eligible for prorated benefits, meaning the amount you earned will be subtracted from your initial benefit amount.
  • Accept any reasonable job offer that aligns with your previous training, experience and work schedule. Note that you can still decline a job offer and keep your benefits, but you should be ready to provide a valid reason why you declined that offer when you report it in your claim. Not providing this information reliably can lead to you losing your benefits.
  • Register with your state’s employment agency in order to help you find work. Some states will have you participate in training programs for job seeking and career building skills while unemployed. Participating in these programs can be crucial to ensuring that you continue to receive benefits, so make sure you stay aware of any of these requirements and participate where you are able.

How do I know what my state’s specific requirements are?

Every state has slightly different requirements, so make sure you check out your state’s specific guidance by checking our state unemployment resource center where you can be directed to your state’s specific unemployment page, with information that best suits your needs.

I’m unclear on where to find new opportunities right now...help?

Job searching is never easy, but especially now it’s a strange and difficult time to be looking for work. It’s likely that many of the jobs you’d normally go for aren’t hiring right now, but there are still options for you if you’d like to get earning again! Check out Jobcase’s job search to see new opportunities and explore more of our articles for the latest in hiring news!

Do you have more questions? Comment below! We're here to help.

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Madison Williams
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Ok I recieve unemployment, my first day back on the job was monday 05/25/20. I work overnight there was an emergency with my family so I had to leave at 4am. My mom normally cares for my kids at night but the emergency was dealing with her sister (my aunt) so while she is away caring for her in the hospital i have nobody for the kids. I tried telling my supervisor and he is saying "well I need someone 8 hours, am I telling him I quit". My response was no but he is wanting me to say I quit. Would it be in my best interest to contact unemployment and tell them my situation myself.. I am seeking another job but in the daytime. I'm comfortable with my kids being home alone in the day than at night what should I.

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Kristen McKelvey
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I receive partial unemployment because my child’s daycare is closed but I still work weekends. Since covid, my workplace has become a very negative, unhealthy place. I would like to find a new job but I’m worried that I’ll lose my unemployment and the $600 from the cares act. If schools are still closed then I’ll need it but would I get it through the new job? How can I know for certain?

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Janet Wilson
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I applied also on April 24 for unemployment and still haven't received any money . Still doing the claim every week and still nothing, Also can't get through to call them either. I got the letter saying I was approved and did my payments to come to my checking account. But still no payments(SAD)

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Dianne Rosa
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I have been on temporary lay-off because of COVID-19 expecting to be called back mid-June. If I don't feel safe returning to my employment, do I have to return the benefits I've received? I am a 72 year old dental hygienist .

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Todd Mesick
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I've been filing every time I was supposed to.i received one payment and haven't received any since I've been filing since April 5

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Lynne Dunbar
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I finally received a check for $121. I live in Florida. Do i need to register somewhere separately to receive the $600 payment?

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Doreen Crawford
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I did file for unemployment. Still haven't g itten a check as yet. is here something else I have to do.?

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Ali Rayan
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Can you please advise what are the procedures to file for an extension of unemployment benefit in Virginia. I was approved for 13 weeks but My unemployment UI benefits expire next week . What do I have to do to keep receiving payment after the 13 weeks comes to an end ? Please any one can help

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Robin Dawson
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I wotk for a Catholic School. The unemployment office told me, since i get paid by the church, its as if i didnt. I pay taxes and have worked for years, what can i do about this.

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Laverne C
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I had 2 jobs , but was laid off from 1 due to COVID-19, I filed unemployment form my recent employer. . I got a notice saying my claim was approved. Since I'm filing from my recent employer , are the questions on my weekly claim in reference to my recent employer,, example question number 1. How many days did I work for the week? Are my claims to be filed based on my previous employer?

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