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 in most 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.
State Extended Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Extended Unemployment Benefits are available to workers who have exhausted regular unemployment insurance benefits during periods of high unemployment. There are triggers (calculations based on the state unemployment rate) that determine when a State will extend benefits.
The basic Extended Benefits program provides up to 13 additional weeks of benefits when a State is experiencing high unemployment. Some States have also enacted a voluntary program to pay up to 7 additional weeks (20 weeks maximum) of Extended Benefits during periods of extremely high unemployment.
Amount of Benefits
The weekly benefit amount of Extended Benefits is the same as the individual received for regular unemployment compensation. The total amount of Extended Benefits that an individual could receive may be fewer than 13 weeks or fewer than 20 weeks.
Federal Extended Benefits
In addition to state unemployment extended benefits, the federal government may provide extended unemployment benefits during times of high unemployment.
How to Collect Extended Benefits
When a State begins an Extended Benefit period, it notifies those who have received all of their regular benefits that they may be eligible for Extended Benefits. Check with your State Unemployment Insurance office for information on what benefits you are entitled to. Information will be posted on the web site.
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.
Eligibility requirements, disqualifications, where to file, how to file, benefits, rates, and answers to questions on unemployment compensation.
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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