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When Should I File My Initial Claim For Unemployment Benefits?

Eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits cannot be determined until you actually file a claim. If you are unemployed, file your claim as soon as possible, as your eligibility begins the week in which you file your claim. Your claim becomes effective the Sunday of the week during which you apply for benefits.

The Office of Unemployment Insurance conducts almost all business by telephone. Claims may be filed by telephone or you may choose to file your claim online. The telephone number(s) to call to file a claim for benefits is listed on the Unemployment Insurance Home Page under "Claim Center Telephone Numbers "

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