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New York State Unemployment Benefits


NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 03: Employment related booklets are seen on a shelf at a New York State Department of Labor Employment Services office March 3, 2011 in Brooklyn, New York City.
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NYS Unemployment:

NYS unemployment services including filing a new claim for unemployment benefits, filing for weekly unemployment benefits, and inquiring about the status of a claim are available on the New York Department of Labor web site:
New York State Unemployment Insurance

When To File a NYS Unemployment Claim:

Your claim should be filed in the first week that you have become totally or partially unemployed. It is important to file right away because your first week is an unpaid waiting week, commonly referred to as the waiting period.

How To File a New York State Unemployment Claim:

NYS unemployment claims can be filed online. You may also file a claim by calling the Telephone Claims Center at 1-888-209-8124 for New York State residents or 1-877-358-5306 for out of state residents. Translation services are provided for all languages.
How to File a NYS Unemployment Claim Online

Information Required to File an Unemployment Claim:

You will need detailed information about yourself and about your previous employer(s) to open an unemployment claim. Have all the information you need ready before you file your claim.
Information Required to File an Unemployment Claim

NYS Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefits Calculator:

New York's UI calculator below estimates the maximum number of weeks a claimant could potentially receive based on the effective date of the Original Claim (OC) and includes Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Extended Benefits:
New York State Unemployment Benefits Calculator

NYS State Unemployment Benefits Increase:

Unemployment benefits in New York will increase gradually from the current minimum of $405 per week to:
  • October 1, 2014 – $420
  • October 1, 2015 – $425
  • October 1, 2016 – $430
  • October 1, 2017 – $435
  • October 1, 2018 – $450
  • October 1, 2019 – 36% of Average Weekly Wage (AWW)
  • October 1, 2020 – 38% of AWW
  • October 1, 2021 – 40% of AWW
  • October 1, 2022 – 42% of AWW
  • October 1, 2023 – 44% of AWW
  • October 1, 2024 – 46% of AWW
  • October 1, 2025 – 48% of AWW
  • October 1, 2026 – 50% of AWW

NYS Unemployment Questions and Answers:

The NYS Unemployment website has a section of questions and answers for unemployed workers, including information on filing a claim, direct deposit, direct payment cards, extended benefits, and the appeals process if your claim is denied.
New York State Unemployment FAQ

NY Dept of Labor: Job Search Assistance:

Access the New York State Job Bank, find your local OneStop Job Center and review information on employment law, licensing, safety and health related to New York workers.
New York State State Department of Labor: Working in New York

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