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Guidelines for Unemployment Eligibility

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Eligibility for unemployment insurance, the amount of unemployment compensation, and the length of time benefits are available are determined by state law.

Unemployment Eligibility

In order to receive unemployment compensation, workers must meet the unemployment eligibility requirements for wages earned or time worked during an established (one year) period of time. In addition, workers must be determined to be unemployed through no fault of their own, so if you were quit or fired you may not be eligible for unemployment compensation.

Check with your State Unemployment Office for information on what benefits you are entitled to.

Unemployment Eligibility When You're Fired
If you were fired from your job you may be eligible for unemployment, depending on the circumstances.

Unemployment Eligibility When You Quit
When you resign from your job you may not be eligible for unemployment benefits. In most cases, if you quit voluntarily you are not eligible. However, if you left for good cause you may be able to collect unemployment benefits.

Unemployment Eligibility for Self-Employed Workers
In most cases, self employed workers and/or freelance workers who lose their income are not eligible for unemployment benefits. However, if your business is incorporated and pays into unemployment you may be eligible to collect unemployment benefits.

Disqualification from Unemployment
Eligibility for unemployment benefits isn't automatic. There are reasons that your unemployment claim can be denied and that you can be disqualified from collecting unemployment.

Unemployment Eligibility Work Requirements
In order to be qualify for unemployment benefits, you must be ready, willing, available, and able to work.

State Unemployment Eligibility Requirements

Registering with the state job service and actively seeking work is a requirement while collecting unemployment. You must be ready, willing, available, and able to work. The Job Service may require job seekers to apply for jobs, submit resumes, and not turn down a position if it meets certain standards.

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