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Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Program Description

The Department of Labor's Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs provide unemployment benefits to eligible workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own, and meet certain other eligibility requirements.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have worked during a specified period, usually in the past 12 to 18 months, and earned a minimum amount of wages as set by each state. You must also be determined to be unemployed through no fault of your own and meet other state eligibility requirements determined under state law.

To determine your eligibility for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits you should contact the state unemployment insurance agency in the state where you are located as soon as possible after becoming unemployed. In some states, you can now file a claim by telephone and the Internet.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To find information for a particular state or territory, please visit the Career OneStop Service Locator.

Program Contact Information

For information about the state agencies responsible for unemployment claims, visit Career One Stop's America's Service Locator website and select the state where you would like to file.
You can also call: 1-866-487-2365
People who are hearing impaired may call this toll-free TTY number: 1-877-889-5627