Maryland Unemployment

Eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits cannot be determined until you actually file an initial claim. If you are unemployed, file your claim as soon as possible, as your eligibility begins the week in which you file your claim. Your claim becomes effective the Sunday of the week during which you apply for benefits.

You can file via the Internet at or by telephone using one of the telephone numbers listed on the Unemployment Insurance Home Page under "Claim Center Telephone Numbers."

In addition, you must be unemployed through no fault of your own, be able to work, available for work, looking for full-time work, and willing to accept a job for which you are qualified.


Find Out If You Are Eligible For Unemployment   Click this link to find out: Am I Eligible To Collect Unemployment Benefits?

Have Your Benefits Run Out?   Click this link to find out how to get an unemployment extension: Unemployment Extension

Have A Specific Question?   Get answers to all of your Maryland unemployment questions:   Maryland Unemployment FAQ

How do I file for unemployment benefits?


  • You do not live in Maryland (unless wages earned during the past 18 months were from a work location within Maryland).
  • You have not earned wages from a worksite in Maryland during the last 18 months.
  • You worked for the Federal Government in the last 18 months.
  • You have worked for more than 3 employers in the last 18 months.
  • You have filed for unemployment insurance in another state in the last 18 months.

If you cannot use this system, contact a Claim Center by Telephone.

What You Need To File Online

  • Your Social Security Number and mailing address.
  • A telephone number where you can be reached.
  • The name, birth date and Social Security Number of all dependents under age 16.
  • If you are not a citizen, proof of your alien status.
  • The business name, address, and dates of employment for all employers within the last 18 months. A copy of your W-2 form may be helpful.
  • If you seek work through a union, the hiring hall number is required.
  • If you were in the military within the last 18 months, your DD214, Member 4.

Contact Information

Agency Contacts and Directory of Services

Agriculture Employers and Worker Services   Merlin Williams   (301) 393-8218 

Dislocated Worker Unit            Scott Wallace   (410) 767-2833 

Employer Unemployment Insurance Contributions         Employer Assistance     (410) 767-2412   

Federal Bonding Program         Constance Parker         (410) 767-2018 

Foreign Labor Certification       David Ghee      (410) 767-2080 

Job Fairs          General Information      (410) 767-2830 

Labor and Industry       General Information      (410) 767-2236 

Labor Market Information        General Information      (410) 767-2251 

One-Stop Career Centers         General Information      (410) 767-2173 

Opportunities at DLLR             General Information      (410) 230-6317 

Re-Entry Services         Constance Parker         (410) 767-2018 

Tax Credits      Belinda Duncan            (410) 767-2047 

Trade Act         Scott Wallace   (410) 767-2833 

Unemployment Insurance Benefits         Inquiry and Correspondence     (410) 767-3246 

Veteran Services          Ray Staten        (410) 767-2015 

Wage and Hour Information      General Information      (410) 767-2357 

WIA Adult Youth Services       Valerie Myers   (410) 767-2825 

WIA Complaints          General Information      (410) 767-2173 

Workforce Services for Employers       General Information      (410) 767-2173 


State-Funded Construction Projects      General Information      (410) 767-2365 

Wage and Hour Information      General Information      (410) 767-2357 

Work Permits for Minors          General Information      (410) 767-2228 

Other DLLR Services

Administration (Office of the Secretary)             Maria Simms    (410) 230-6001 

Communications and Media Relations   Dori Berman     (410) 230-6012 

Director of Legislative Services             Jay Hutchins     (410) 230-6009 

Americans with Disabilities Act             Jennifer Dashiell Reed   (410) 230-6329 

Fair Practices   Jennifer Dashiell Reed   (410) 230-6329 

Minority Business Enterprise     General Information      (410) 230-6328 

Human Resources         Colette Colclough         (410) 230-6315 

Webmaster       Michele Williams          (410) 767-6866 

Still Have Questions? 

Get answers to all of your Maryland unemployment questions:  Maryland Unemployment FAQ

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# Carlyn L. 2010-08-20 10:31
would I be eligible if I quit my job?
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# Site Admin 2010-08-20 10:36

In most cases you will not be able to collect unemployment if you quit your job.

See this article for more information:

Be sure to read the comments as well - lots of good info there, too.

Site Admin
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# rachel 2010-09-27 21:30
what if the reason i quit was due to multiple incidents of being talking rude to.

example: 'she won't f*ck*ng listen' (in front of both co workers and a customer.
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# Kris 2011-07-29 12:26
Well first of all, that is a personal problem. That does not really count as justifiable cause to quit. Now if you were not getting paid money for your time, that would be a more justifiable reason to quit.
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# Charles Z 2010-10-28 13:15
Is there an email address where i can send my last pay stub (I was a Federal employee for the federal government in Baltimore Maryland
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# Mani 2010-11-30 11:12
I am federal government employee (GS 12). I went to EEO and now I went for settlement. I have to leave the job by December 31st.
I am 60 years old and I am eligible for volunteer retirement.
Or I have to resign my job.
I will apply for jobs. Until that time I would like to get the unemployment benefit.
Am I eligible for enemployment? (Federal employee)
Which is beneficial to use? Volunteer retirement or resignation?
Any advice is helpful.
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# Amy 2010-12-07 15:29
Is there a way to find out how much my former employer's unemployment insurance will go up due to me drawing benefits? Or to find out whether my employer pays into the state pool or has elected to only reimburse for the actual claims against them? I worked for a non-profit in MD and was laid off recently and they are contesting my benefit award. I am just curious as to the actual costs to the agency, maybe to make some sense out of what seems otherwise a poor move on their part, in terms of contesting my unemployment. Is this information publicly accessible, especially in light of their non-profit status?
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# Terry B 2011-01-12 10:59
Why has my benefit amout been loweres from net $720 to net $680 for my last amout recieved 1-12-11
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# gregory 2011-01-19 13:11
how do i see where my child support comes out my check
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# Hopeless and Angry 2011-02-04 17:03
I just got my W2 and found out that there were NO taxes taken out the entire time I've been receiving benefits. The last time I was on UE was 6 years ago when they still sent checks and I'd see the taxes coming out. With the current debit card system there is no stub, I always thought the reason I was being "paid" so little is because taxes were already paid. I always claim zero exemptions to avoid issues down the line, without fail. Whenever I am given the option, I claim zero dependents and it's not something I'm likely to miss. When I called, the woman in the baltimore office was VERY rude, saying it's all my fault and my responsibility. I ask you and everyone who reads this... if we're on unemployment in the first place, how are we expected to come up with lump sum tax bills for our benefits?
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# cindy 2011-02-10 16:48
Do I qualify if i was self employed until last year and started working for someone six months ago and got laid off
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# John 2011-03-02 10:56
I owned/ran a small LLC with a partner for the last 6 years. Because for the LLC structure I took draws not a salary. We recently closed the business. Am I eligible for unemployment?
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# Dominique 2011-06-10 11:51
If I have two children and worked for 3 months and got fired. But pior to that I have worked in 2 different places for the last 2 years. Can I still file for unemployment
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# Steve 2011-07-05 12:39

The Maryland Unemployment FAQ doesn't cover this issue.

I found a job and stopped filing for UE benefits. Is there anything else I need to do to end things with Unemployment?
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# rebecca 2011-08-15 14:51
If i signed up for a training program that is 9 months long will i be able to recieve my unemployment from being laid off for the entire time of the training program?
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# edith 2011-09-02 15:15
what if my job cut my hours off from full time to part time and two weeks later they let me go and am I still eligible to get unemployment benefits.
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# Rita 2011-09-27 10:16
I have misplaced my unemployment benefits letter and need it as a source of income for Maryland Energy Assistance. How can I get a copy of it?

Thank you
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# Carlie 2011-09-28 14:56
I have submitted my resignation with a two weeks notice. I felt that I needed to do this because I am a major financial employee for a company that is operation in the red. The issue with the finance come directly to me and have no support from the owner of the company. The stress level has risen to a level that has major affects on me. Am I eligible for unemployment compensation?
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# Carlos 2011-11-08 18:51
Hello, my question is if I was terminated from my most recent job am I elegible to recieve benefits from past jobs in which I was denied initially but told after a certain amt of money was earn by me and a certain amt of time has past?
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# MUSTAPHA 2011-11-29 16:50
I just got out of the Military(End of Active Obligation) and I can't find a job. I stay in the Hyattsville, MD area and will like to know if there is an Unemployment Office around me or where/how to go by filing for unemployment benefits.

Thank you.
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# shawny 2011-12-01 19:02
if have got fired can i applly for unemployment and where do i appply at and how
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# jamie 2011-12-05 16:25
i have worked for a co.for 4 years.doing the same type job rqmts. i was told thay are changing my job to an on call over nignt posistion .with a different work reqmts.if i can not forfill this new job and i loose my job because of that will i be able to collect unemployment benifits
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# Jessica 2012-01-13 14:38
If I work in MD, but live in PA, what state do I file unemployment in? Do I have a choice or no?
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# sheila 2012-02-05 04:11
Is a person entitled to apply for unemployment , if he or she is retired from military? Or if a person is a veteran and decided to get out after his or her commitment? And in either situation, received honorable discharges...not medical retirement or discharges nor disability related...Just that they're time was up and could not remain in military because of high year of tenure according to rank. Thank you in advance.
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# eliot z 2012-02-19 13:07
if your collecting unemployment from Maryland and move to Ohio to look for new job opportunities while living in Ohio would you be able to collect your unemployment from Maryland until you find unemployment?
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# Rachel v 2012-02-27 16:45
I am currently employed. My fiance and I decided to have a child. I have not announced my pregnancy yet to my employer for fear of being fired (as it is a physically demanding job) Would I be able to collect unemployment if I am asked to leave for being pregnant?
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# Geri 2012-10-31 08:38
Since the storm has come, I have not recieved my benifits. Did the storm affect my benifits or have they might have run out? I cant get ahold of anyone to find out
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# Karno 2012-11-24 08:59
You still haven't relieved your payments? And I was wondering if you forget to file for one week would they cut you off for not filing?
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# Tony 2013-01-31 21:59
My 1099 was sent to the wrong address. How do I get another one sent to the correct address? Or better yet, can I view it somehow on the internet?
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# Gn 2013-05-02 01:05
I was getting unemployment got part time job was in traing suddenly supervisor mind changed as she got another trained person she was no more interested in me I quit
My unemoyed stopped tomorrow I have appeal in tribunal how to winl
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# Passion 2013-08-29 06:55
Hello, I had quit my job for work at the post office. Where I worked before you, couldn't move up in the job, So I receive a job offer at the post office. It was a career job but a mouth later I got laid off. Would that be consider state benefits??
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# roger 2017-07-20 15:25
how to get online for direct deposit
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# roger 2017-07-20 15:28
how do I get to unemployment for direct deposit
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