Maryland Unemployment Requirements

In order to start your unemployment, MD unemployment requirements include the following:

1. You are totally unemployed. Depending on your vocation and industry, you may qualify for unemployment if you have had your hours reduced.
2. You have worked and earned a minimum amount of wages in work covered by unemployment tax during the past 18 months.
3. You have lost your job through no fault of your own. If you were laid-off you will qualify for unemployment. In most cases, if you were fired for cause - you will not be eligible to collect unemployment. If you were fired for cause, you SHOULD apply for unemployment anyway, just in case you are eligible to get it.
4. You are able and available for work. If you are unable to work because of disability or medical condition, you may not meet the Maryland unemployment requirements, but you should apply anyway. If you are not eligible for unemployment, you may be eligible to collect disability benefits, and the case worker at the unemployment office will be able to direct you on how to apply for disability.
5. You are registered for work at your local Workforce Development Center. You must do this when you apply for unemployment, and every week when you certify your weekly claim.
6. You are actively seeking work. You must apply to a minimum of two jobs per week.

To continue receiving weekly unemployment benefits, MD unemployment requirements state that you must file a 'weekly claim' by doing the following:

1. Meet all of the MD unemployment requirements listed above.
2. Apply for at least two jobs each week.
3. Contact the Maryland unemployment office to file your 'weekly claim'. You can do this via phone or on the internet.

Toll Free: (800) 827- 4839 Maryland DLLR Division of Unemployment Insurance Office Maryland Unemployment Website

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# Casey 2011-12-29 14:11
I wanted to know if i would qualify for unemployment i worked 5 years for a company then i swiched job for a year and i came back to my old company i have been with them for 3 months and the company is shutting down and laying everyone off.please let me know if i would qualify.
Thank you
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# Mike 2012-01-11 17:16
I have been atcmy job for 8 months and i totaled my car which makes it hard to get to my job beause there is no public transportation that will take me there i tried 2 transfer but none of the stores that are closer 2 me have no positions open do i qualify for unemploment if i give them my two weeks notice because i have no transportation?????
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# wayhome 2012-02-23 06:03
i was laid off by my employer and provided 35 weeks of severance. Can I apply for unemployment?
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# JimH 2012-05-03 08:42
I am in Information Technology. The contract that I was on ran out of funding for my position, so I am no longer on the project, and is in great standing with everyone. I have been applying for jobs for 2 months with no success so far; however, I am still on the books, as a W-2 hourly employee for the Recruiting company that I am under but do not receive any pay from them. Am I eligible for unemployment?

Also, are there any temp jobs where I can start right away, i.e. same day? Willing to do anything.
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# hardship 2012-08-22 10:23
Hi I am in retail and was never full time at my job, but worked the hours. Recently they have cut back the hours and I am not even receiving the maximum full time hours, which has caused me not to even be able to afford my rent. I am trying to move back in with my parents out-of-state and have even contacted many stores about transferring, but none have availability for me. What's the least amount of hours I could be scheduled? Would I qualify for unemployment?
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# Jay 2012-10-17 09:31
I've been working at my job for a year and a half and they just told me without notice the hours of operation is changing and my opening shift will not be needed because they are opening later in the afternoon but I can't work the evening during the week because I have classes and can only work Saturday n Sunday. If there anything I can do with applying for unemployment? I pretty much went from. 6dat work week to a 2 day work week and can't afford that.
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# Werner 2012-11-08 09:29
I just got laid off the other day with severance pay until the end of the year and the promise of a year end's bonus. Do I qualify for unemployment benefits and if yes, as of when and how soon should I apply? (I live in MD) If I take on a seasonal job, does that interfere with my eligibility or the amount I would be eligible for?
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# Ruth 2013-05-27 14:41
My name is Ruth. I have been working for 13 years on my present job. My job has moved a couple of times from Rockville, MD. to Sykesviile, MD. I travel 42 miles one way, 84 miles daily to and from work. In July, my job is moving to Elkridge, MD, a distance of 22 miles further away. This means my commute is 64 miles one way, or 128 miles round trip. I am also an elderly care provider for my mother who is 92 years old. When I am away doing the day, someone cares for her. There is no bus or metro service from my home in Germantown MD to Elkridge, MD. I am currently using my sister;s car and she wants it back. My company is moving in July 2013. If I quit, can I qualify for unemployment benefits as this poses a hardship with no public transportation? Thank you.
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