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Do I Qualify for Unemployment When Collecting Social Security?

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Question: Do I Qualify for Unemployment When Collecting Social Security?

Answer: Full unemployment insurance benefits are available for workers who are collecting social security except in two states where the amount of unemployment compensation is offset by some of the amount of social security benefits that are received.

Eligibility requirements to qualify for unemployment compensation vary from state to state, however, in Illinois the amount of unemployment compensation is partially offset by the amount of social security payments that are received. Other states do have offset laws, however they have not been enforced.

Social Security Offset Law

This is called the "offset law" and, in the states where it is in effect, part of social security payments are counted as disqualifying income when calculating unemployment benefits.

If you are collecting unemployment and receiving social security, check with your State Unemployment Office for information on how your unemployment compensation benefits are impacted.

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