Arizona Unemployment Eligibility

In order to establish unemployment eligibility in Arizona you have to:

1. Be a resident of Arizona. If you are not a resident of Arizona, but worked in Arizona at your last job, you should still have Arizona unemployment eligibility.
2. Have worked and earned income in Arizona.
3. You must not be disabled.
4. You must be able to work.
5. You must be actively looking for a new job.
6. You must have lost your job through no fault of your own. If you quit your job or were fired for 'just cause' you may not be eligible to collect unemployment in Arizona. Every case is different, so if you lost your job -- be sure to apply to unemployment in case you are indeed eligible to receive unemployment benefits.

There are special rules that apply to unemployment elibility for military personnel and union workers, so check with your mility or union representative for these rules.

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# Brandon 2011-01-03 11:14
It is mentioned that there are special rules that apply to unemployment eligibility for military personnel. Where do I find out what those requirements are?
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# James 2011-01-13 17:31
I receive a pension from the City of Phoenx,AZ for 21 years of service. I have worked over a year for a company and was just laid off. Can I receive UI even though I get a pension. Pension is $1800.00 Thank you James
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# Jan 2011-03-17 15:47
How many weeks do you have to work before getting fired at a job to be eligible to collect unemployment?
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# Rebecca 2013-06-12 20:39
I have the same question actually. I found out today that my last day of work was yesterday. Employer says they can't afford to pay me anymore, but I was still within my probationary period.
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# teresa 2011-03-24 17:18
i quit my job because i had another job offer. that job offer was rescinded because i made an error on my resume regarding past employment dates. can i get unemployment?
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# Matt 2011-04-06 15:28
My employer recently told me that I was fired but I could continue to work for another 2-3 weeks to give an opportunity to look for a job. This guy couldnt care less if I have a job is he trying to pull a fast one so I am somehow not eligible for unemployment benefits? Just a side note, he fired me because I couldn't manage he his spanish speaking staff but being bilingual was never a condition of the job. The truth is that he hired me when he thought SB1070 was going to be an issue and he needed a "white" chef. Now that it doesnt seem to be enforced he's no longer worried about it and knows that there are illegal workers that will do my job for less just as he has always done.

Please help, I dont want to get tricked into not getting any benefits...its going to be hard enough to support my family.
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# Andrew 2011-07-10 16:52
I recently received a card in the mail for UI benefits, does this mean that I will receive anything on it? My situation is pretty sticky so I was confused when I got the card in the mail, because I was sure that I needed a hearing in my case as I quit my job because I apparently had a better one lined up, but that did not go through as the company decided otherwise. Now I was allowed to file my claim Sunday(today) and was told to wait till Monday @ 7:00 am to have further information disclosed. Why am I left in anticipation?
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# Lynn 2011-07-11 20:46
I was fired about a month ago from a job because they said I stole money, which I did not do. I worked in a retail situation and monies were never missing from the cash drawers or the safe when my shift ended. I filed for unemployment and was found disqualified because of the paperwork sent in by my former boss. I have filed an appeal and do not know how to defend myself from this group. Some of the paperwork in my appeals packet were never presented to me and may have been "written up" after the fact. I'm sure my former employer is fighting this because I have filed a suit with the EEOC. I was fired 5 months after filing a harassment complaint against a fellow manager. The suit was filed on behalf of a junior employee who made the allegation to me.
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# AZ Gal 2012-02-17 23:35
I was hired as a technical support representative and worked without incident for over a year. At the beginning of the year, my job requirements changed, and now I am expected to be a sales person. I did not apply for a sales job. I would never have taken a sales job, as I know I am not good at sales. I now hate my job, and the pressure on me to make sales is making me ill. I've reached a point where I feel like I would rather die than go to work some days. I wonder if I would qualify for benefits if I quit?
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# Jamie 2012-02-22 14:42
My husband is physically disabled and now his mental capacity is deminishing. All my family live in another state. And my husband's condition has progressed so far we need to relocate to be near to family. I have not submitted my resignation yet, but my employer is aware of my husband's health issues and has been very supportive. Will I qualify for unemployment if/when I resign because I am compelled to live in another state to care for my disabled husband?
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# Dana 2012-02-28 14:52
Can I collect unemployment if I called someone a F***ing Fat A**, she was a customer in the restaurant where I work?
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# Rosemarie 2012-02-29 18:29
I work for a school district as a para educator. Every year our boss has the para educators sign a form that says we are "At Will" employees. There is a chance that one or two of us will be let go at the end of this school year because there are no funds to pay us/budget will be smaller. Can we file for unemployment? Thank you.
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# brad 2012-06-16 16:27
My wife and I relocated because she obtained a job unexpectedly soon after graduating college. I was forced to quit my job so that we could move (within AZ). Am I eligible for unemployment?
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# Jayson 2012-06-17 13:15
It is mentioned that there are special rules that apply to unemployment eligibility for military personnel. Where do I find out what those requirements are for Reserves and National Guard personnel?
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# L.Arnett 2012-09-05 11:15
I need to quit my job as a Phlebotomist of nearly 4 years due to the distance and travel time. Will I be able to collect unemployment ? I have tried to get transfered to a location closer to my home,in the same city, but my employer refuses to make the change. I have also asked for paid milage, because other employees HAVE recieved it. I was denied that as well. I travel nearly 60 mi round trip. My husband travels about 80 miles a day round trip as well. We had to move to the city of Maricopa to help us financially and because of the school system for our kids. We just didn't expect my company (LABCORP) to fall short of being loyal and compassionate to thier employees.
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# Cameron 2012-09-21 22:21
I was a school teacher for 6 years but chose not to sign my contract prior to last school year. I chose to stay home because my wife and I had a very unexpected third child. Since we could not afford childcare for 3 kids and my wife makes more money than I did we decided that I should stay home. I have been actively searching for a job for months now but have not found one. Is there any way for me to qualify for unemployment?
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# Steven 2013-01-22 19:54
If my girlfriend is on maternity leave, is she able to collect unemployment compensation?
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# Dale 2013-02-05 14:53
I'm a contractor, a resident of Arizona, worked overseas, for a company whose headquarters is located in New Jersey. The company does do business here in Arizona and because of this situation I was able to have state taxes taken from my pay. My question is will I be able to collect UI from Arizona?
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# Chris 2013-02-08 09:13
Good Morning Sir,

I Received a letter asking me to verify my latest 5 job searches. I sent that letter back as soon as I got it but worried it was after the 7 day mark due to the fact that they didnt send the paperwork out on the day the notice was listed in fact in went out 3 days later i have proof of this because of the envelope it came in which i still have as evidence. I have not received my benefits in over 2 weeks what taking these people so long? I am not able to pay all of my bills due to this. THanks
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# BLUE 2013-02-19 10:00
I'm 8 months pregnant and recently had to file for state assistance my job has now cut my hours back and is making it very hard for me when I go to work by screaming at me infront of customers and co-workers and asking me to do things I should'nt be doing at 8 months like climbing on a ladder.
I have to go on leave soon but I dont qualify for FMLA so do I qualify for unemployment?
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# phillip 2013-03-08 08:21
if i was terminated for testing positive on a random drug screening do i qualify for unemployment benefits?
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# NEW AZ Resident 2013-04-30 20:54
I will be relocating to AZ from NJ, due to my wife's job; I have not been able to find employment in AZ and would like to know if I’m eligible for benefits? I was not fired or laid off from work in NJ. How does a change in state affect eligibility?
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# STACEY 2013-08-20 13:51
I was a employee in good standing but had to quit my job in Arizona because my husband had to take a job in Tennessee. Do I qualify for unemployment in Arizona
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# eliizabeth 2016-07-18 23:02
say that half my department was outsourced and i wet from full time to zero scheduled hours out of the blue, but am still employed... Could I get benefits? could I get benefits if I quit? because I can't afford that.
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# Kathryn 2017-07-10 11:24
I moved to Arizona in April from Iowa to help care for a sick family member. I have been actively applying for jobs since I moved here but have not been able to even get an interview. I was employed full time in Iowa. Am I eligible for unemployment?
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