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State Unemployment Insurance (Regular UI)

State Unemployment Insurance Offices and Benefits


NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 03: An unemployed man looks over job listings on a board at a New York State Department of Labor Employment Services office March 3, 2011 in Brooklyn Borough of New York City.
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State unemployment insurance benefits (regular UI) are available for workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. Unemployment benefits are provided by state unemployment insurance programs within guidelines established by Federal law.

State Unemployment Insurance Eligibility

Eligibility for unemployment insurance, benefit amounts and the length of time benefits are available are determined by state law and vary depending on where you live. Information on eligibility for state unemployment compensation is available on the state unemployment office website for your state.

State Unemployment Insurance Benefits

The unemployment compensation you will receive will depend upon the amount you earned while working. In addition, there are eligibility requirements to qualify for unemployment benefits including working a certain number of weeks.

Regular unemployment benefits are paid for a maximum of 26 weeks, less in some states. However, additional weeks of extended unemployment benefits are available during times of high unemployment.

In many states, the compensation will be half your earnings, up to a maximum amount. The maximum varies by location.

How to File for Unemployment Benefits

In many cases you can open an unemployment claim online or over the phone, as well as file for weekly benefits and check the status of your unemployment claim. There are a few states where you still have to apply in person.

Unemployment Benefits
Eligibility requirements, disqualifications, where to file, how to file, benefits, rates, and answers to questions on unemployment compensation.

Unemployment Eligibility
Eligibility requirements, when to file, how to file, benefits, rates, and answers to questions on unemployment compensation.

Filing for Unemployment Online
In many states, unemployed workers can file for unemployment benefits online. Here is the information you need to know to apply and the questions you will need to answer to open a claim.

Qualifying for Unemployment
Do you qualify for unemployment benefits? Here's information on qualifying for unemployment, plus what can disqualify you from collecting unemployment benefits.

How to File an Unemployment Appeal
If you have filed an unemployment benefits claim and your claim is turned down or contested by your employer, you have the right to appeal the denial of your unemployment claim. Here's how to file an unemployment appeal.

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