How Do I File A Claim For Unemployment Benefits?

If you need to file a claim for unemployment benefits:

  1. Report to the nearest Unemployment Insurance Office and present your Social Security Card.
  2. Register for work and file a claim for benefits.
  3. After filing your initial claim, file continuing claims for each week during which you are unemployed as directed by your local office.

By using touch tone telephone service, you may claim your weeks or request the status of your last week claimed . The toll free telephone number is 1­866­291­2926. The effective date of the claim will be the Sunday of the week in which you file. This will establish your base period, which is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters preceding the effective date of the claim.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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