Unemployment Benefits: How do I apply?

Last updated: June 20, 2024
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Unemployment Benefits: How do I apply?
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You’ll need to apply for unemployment benefits with your state. Due to COVID-19, many states have changed their Unemployment Insurance programs and eligibility requirements in order to help a greater number of workers. Please visit your state's official unemployment website to find out more details.

Check out Jobcase's Unemployment Resource Center for any specific state requirements or concerns. Just select your state from the dropdown!

Here are the basics for applying:

Where

Usually, you should apply for unemployment benefits in the state where you worked. However, if you worked in multiple states or have moved to a new state, contact the unemployment program where you currently live to learn how to apply.

When

File for unemployment benefits with your state program as soon as possible after losing your job. Since there are so many workers applying, wait times may be higher than normal. Keep trying!

What you need to apply

When filing for benefits, you will need to know the dates of your employment and the contact information of your former employers.

When to expect payment

Under normal circumstances, most people receive their first benefit check in two to three weeks. This may depend on your state's rules and on the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19.

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Nati Rivera
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I never did unemployment but I'm going to try it because what they did to me was wrong after l was in the company for 4 years that's crazy but I'm really looking for a job and it's so hard to get it some people don't want to work and they find jobs but people that really want to work they don't find it wow 😳😡🤔

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Lisa Vang
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I think my boss is going broke i work fir room and board plus there other perks what do i do

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Tyler Miller
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Hi

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Frances Treadway
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They said they couldn’t help me cause my info was different from what they had on file and hung up on me ?

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Richard Rendon
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Need help to the tech # can't log in on my account

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Jessica nicole carlsonemmel
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How do I apply when I'm on social security

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Patricia Ryan
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I put the wrong pin number in the last question and it won't let me back in

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Wendy Salsbury
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I need help with all of the unemployment process..... I dont get the internet very well

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Raymond Kender
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When interviews

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Sue Bugeja
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Ya right i haven't heard shit from them

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