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How do I apply?

You can apply for unemployment insurance benefits either online or by phone using the Applicant Self-Service System.

To avoid delayed payments and denial of benefits, review the application process before applying.

Application process

Information about applying for benefits online and by phone.

Information Handbook

An overview of unemployment insurance benefits. Explains the basic processes and requirements for receiving benefits.

Your password and Social Security number

Allows you to securely access your benefit account.

Benefit account

Information about when your benefit account becomes effective and when to apply for a new benefit account. 

Wages used to establish an account

Wages paid in “covered” employment are used to establish your benefit account. “Covered” and “noncovered” employment is defined. 

Your first payment

Explains the soonest you can receive a payment and why the first requested week will be $0.

Stopping and starting benefit payments

Explains how your benefits are affected if you accept work now and later become unemployed again.

Recently separated service members

Find out if you are eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits

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