Unemployment Continued Eligibility and Weekly Claims Filing

Continued Unemployment Claims

Staying Eligible for Benefits

Unemployment benefits filing is an ongoing and often confusing process. Most state governments do a better job than they did a few years ago clarifying the claims process. You’ll find fairly navigable state unemployment websites—usually the State Department of Labor or Workforce Development. And in many instances the process is more streamlined thanks to online claims filing or filing by phone. But the unemployment benefits process involves the following hoops:

  • Filing an initial application or unemployment claim
  • Filing weekly continued unemployment claims

Have Your Benefits Run Out?

Click this link to find out how to get an unemployment extension: 

Unemployment Extension

Ongoing Verification of Your Unemployment Status

Each state unemployment office establishes its own procedures for unemployment benefits according to guidelines laid out by the federal government.

You only receive weekly or bi-weekly unemployment income when you continue to qualify for benefits and apply for those benefits. You don’t automatically receive jobless pay from week to week. You must take action to make this happen.

A key to maintaining continued unemployment eligibility is making sure you register for work at your state’s Workforce Department. Here you will file applications, search for jobs, be present for scheduled interviews and available for work when jobs opportunities are presented to you.

Filing a Weekly or Bi-Weekly Continued Unemployment Claim

As a condition of your continued unemployment you are required to file a weekly claim before you can receive any income. This weekly application verifies your continued eligibility for unemployment benefits:

  • Verification of your identity
  • Verification of full unemployment or partial unemployment
  • Verification of any hours worked
  • Verification of any money earned
  • Verification that you’ve been available for work, sought work and continue to be able to work.

Again, in many states you can submit this information over the phone or through online claims forms.

You Can Work Part-Time and Still Receive Benefits

A rising number of unemployed workers is opting to take part-time jobs when no full-time are available. If you are one of them this doesn’t mean you are disqualified from receiving unemployment pay. Depending upon how many hours you work and the compensation you receive, expect that your weekly benefits will be adjusted accordingly.

How Long Can You Collect Unemployment Pay?

Regular unemployment benefits usually last 26 weeks. After that the federal government and state governments can enact Extended Benefits any number of times based on the condition of the economy. Right now the unemployment rate is cataclysmic in many states and both federal and state governments have taken additional steps to enact extended unemployment programs.

Compensation: A Fraction of What You Earned

What’s imperative to understand is that unemployment compensation does not duplicate the income you earned at your job. Unemployment insurance was created to be a “temporary” fix for displaced workers and not a long-term solution. Truth is your unemployment pay will be a fraction of what you formerly earned and based on a percentage of your weekly earnings over the last year or so.

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# robert s. 2010-09-06 11:20
hello, i was laid off my job as a salesman and have been collecting unemployment insurance, and have approximately 2 months of eligibility remaining; i own a small business with my wife that, while it has several hundred thousand dollars in annual sales, is not profitable as yet and in any event i have never taken any income out of the enterprise to date. i want to be sure that the mere existence of this business does not affect my right or ability to finish collecting unemployment insurance from my primary job as a salesman
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# Mike 2010-10-02 09:32
why is it that i have a ton more time to collect unemployment, now all of a sudden i dont have the option and it doesnt remind me to file my weekly claim.
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# Moe 2010-11-25 23:26
I have been receiving unemployment and it will expire 1/3/2011. An unemployment employee advised me that I am eligible for 20 additional weeks of Extended Benefits under my claim, does that sound right?
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# Jay 2010-12-11 11:53
I was laid of this past september. Was collecting unemployment then got a job but after 6 weeks it didn't work out and I was let go. Do i file a continued claim or a brand new one? (NJ if that matters)
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# Mad about being mad 2011-04-03 11:21
can we have a SIMPLE phone number for FILLING our weekly claim here folks?? I usually file online....but during MLK weekend something is wrong with the internet filling (or they on holiday)---which is stupid for a computer software. ????? WTF
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# John 2011-04-05 19:43
I am currently on unemployment Because of layoff but it doesn't look like were going back to work due to company going out of business . I have a possible 8 week subcontract job my question is will i be able to resume my current claim when this job ends ? Or will this cancel my current claim ? How do I go about paying taxes on money from subcontracting ?
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# green 2011-08-11 14:00
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# amber 2011-08-24 16:24
i am in the same predicament. did you receive a response to this question. if so please PLEASE share! Thanks!
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# tall 2013-02-17 20:04
did either of you ever get an answer to this question? I am in a similar situation and would greatly appreciate ANY guidance. thanks!
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# dolores 2012-02-03 15:09
i turned in my last statement 1-15-12 and have not recieved any more statements to fill out. Nor , have i recieved any letters stating what happen to my benefits.......i have tried calling several times and can not get through.
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# jeanette 2012-05-24 07:10
i'm thinking about cashing out my 401k in a lump sum will this affect my unemployment?
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# vashti 2012-07-15 19:20
I work 15-20 hours a week can I collect partial unemployment
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# Mary 2012-11-19 17:37
I am stuck on how to fill out a question # 7 regarding earnings earned. My last date of employment was 11/7/12 date of my claim is 11/4/12. I received 3 days pay for that week Mon, Tues, Wed. When I answer the question stating I earned monies it thinks I returned back to work asking me to fill out the area with a return back to work date. Please advise.
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# judy 2013-01-11 10:18
if recieving unemployment benifits in md. can i gget monies from my 401k plan and do i have to report it
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# Pamela 2013-07-09 13:45
I tried to file on Sunday, July 6th, and I received the message to call. My day is Tuesday, so I began early, kept trying and finally got through. It was a three hour call back. Left my numbers and waited. Got the call back about 2pm, and was connected to an agent only to be disconnected. I've tried calling back - no agents available. Please help me.
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# JOSEPH JOHNSON 2017-08-21 14:49
trying to claim my weekly benifits phone system down
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