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Unemployment Insurance

What is Unemployment Insurance?

Generally, the Federal-State Unemployment Insurance Program offers unemployment aid to qualifying workers who are jobless through no mistake of their own (as determined under state law including District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico), and meet other eligibility conditions of state law.

Unemployment insurance benefits offer temporary financial aid to qualifying workers who are without a job due through mistake of their own and who meet eligibility conditions created by state laws. Every state, comprising of the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico has unemployment insurance programs.

In the most of the states, benefit aid is based solely on a tax enforced on employers.

Who is eligible for this program?

In order to become eligible for this benefit program, you must have been employed through a specified period, generally in the past 12 to 18 months, and received a minimum amount of wages as fixed by every state. You must also be established to be without a job through no mistake of yours and meet other state eligibility conditions established under state law.

To establish your eligibility for unemployment insurance (UI) assistances you must contact the state unemployment insurance agency in the state where you reside as quickly as possible after losing the job. In certain states, you can now record a claim via phone and the Internet.

How to apply for this program?

In order to join this program, visit:

What is the Program Contact Information?

For details on the state agencies in charge of unemployment claims, visit Career One Stop's website and choose the state where you wish to file:

You may also dial: 1-866-487-2365

Individuals who are hearing impaired can call this toll-free TTY number: 1-877-889-5627