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Unemployment Compensation and Benefits

Unemployment Compensation, Benefits, Filing, Qualifications, Claims and Appeals


When you become unemployed, it's important to file an unemployment claim as quickly as possible. In many cases you will be able to file a claim online and file for weekly benefits online, as well. It's also important to know what to do if your unemployment claim is contested by your employer or denied.

Here's unemployment compensation information, including how to file for unemployment compensation, unemployment benefits, unemployment qualifications and disqualifications, how to appeal an unemployment claim denial, extended unemployment benefits, and common unemployment questions and answers.

Eligibility for Unemployment Compensation

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If you have lost your job, you may be eligible to receive unemployment compensation. United States workers who are out of work due to no fault of their own are eligible for unemployment benefits for up to 26 weeks. When the unemployment rate is high, benefits may be paid for additional weeks.

Unemployment Qualifications and Disqualifications

Unemployment insurance benefits are available for workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. There are eligibility requirements to qualify for unemployment benefits including working a certain number of weeks for a certain number of hours each week.  There are also circumstances that may disqualify you from collecting unemployment. Here's information on who qualifies and who may be disqualified from collecting unemployment benefits.

How to Collect Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment benefits are provided by state unemployment insurance programs within guidelines established by Federal law. Eligibility for unemployment insurance, benefit amounts and the length of time benefits are available are determined by state law. Here's the information you will need to collect unemployment benefits.

How to File for Unemployment Compensation

If you have been laid off from your job you may be able to file for unemployment compensation online without visiting an unemployment office. In many states, unemployed workers can apply for unemployment benefits online or over the phone.

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 compensation claim. Here's how to file an unemployment appeal.

State Unemployment Insurance

State unemployment insurance benefits are the basic unemployment compensation benefits 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.

Extended Unemployment Benefits

Extended Unemployment Benefits, which provide unemployment compensation for a longer period of time, are available to workers who have exhausted regular state unemployment insurance benefits during periods of high unemployment.

State Unemployment Office Websites

Information on filing a claim for unemployment in your state, unemployment benefits, and unemployment rates is available on your state unemployment website.  Here are unemployment office websites, listed by state.

Collecting Unemployment if 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.

Collecting Unemployment When You're Fired

If you were fired from your job you may be eligible for unemployment, depending on the circumstances. If you were fired because the job wasn't a good fit, because your position was terminated because of company cut-backs, or because of reasons like poor performance on the job, for example, you may qualify for unemployment compensation.

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