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Unemployment Debit Cards

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When you receive unemployment compensation your benefits may be paid via a debit card (also known as a direct payment card or electronic payment card) provided by your state unemployment office. When you file for unemployment compensation you will be advised of the options available for receiving benefits.

If your state unemployment office provides a debit card it will work just like a bank debit card and you will be able to withdraw cash at an ATM machine and use your card for purchases at stores and to pay bills. In addition, you may be able to transfer funds from your unemployment debit card to your bank account via a direct deposit transfer.

To find out how to sign up for or change unemployment payment options, check with your state unemployment office.

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