Do I Have To Look For Work While Collecting Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

Yes, to be eligible for benefits you must be available for work and demonstrate that availability by actively seeking employment while you are claiming benefits. You must keep a written record of all of your efforts to find employment. Forms to record your work search efforts are provided in the Unemployment Insurance Information for Claimants booklet mailed to each individual when they apply for benefits. You may be asked to show your work efforts at the time you are asked to report to the local Division of Employment Services office.

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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