Directory of State Unemployment Offices

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First step to filing for your unemployment benefits is contacting your state unemployment office. Beware online ads offering to file for you or get your claims money faster.

Use the list below as your go-to resource for locating your state government unemployment office. Remember, not all offices are called specifically “unemployment office,” many are divisions under the state’s department of labor, so be aware of naming conventions.

What You’ll Be Able to Do with This Information

Contacting your state unemployment insurance agency is one of the very first steps you take in filing for unemployment compensation and you should do it as soon as possible after you’ve been laid-off. Your state office will provide you with the following resources:

  • Instructions on filing your application for unemployment benefits
  • How you may file
  • How your benefits will be delivered, or how you can collect your weekly income
  • Telephone numbers for the telephone claims line or a separate number where you can contact someone for help or with a question.
  • FAQs that help you answer common unemployment compensation questions.
  • List of information you’ll need to have handy when completing your application for unemployment.
  • Job search resources and current job listings. 

We’ve made every effort to make the list below as up-to-date and comprehensive as possible. If you find errors or broken links, please let us know.

Find Out If You Are Eligible For Unemployment 

Click this link to find out if you are eligible to file for unemployment: 

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

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# Charles 2011-03-07 13:02
I filed my initial claim last Tuesday. I desire to remove my claim and refile at a later date. If I can do this, it will allow me to receive a higher amount on my checks. Can I cancel my initial claim made on March 1, 2011? I have received no checks. Thank you...Ray
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# Byron 2011-04-25 09:09
I live in Michigan but worked in N.Carolina last fall, S. Carolina all winter, and New Hampshire last 7 weeks. I may have a partial benefit from July last year still available at a very low rate ($200ish/wk) I expect to get work in the fall in Florida. Can I file in Mass. For their higher rate payout??
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# Christine 2011-07-11 08:42
I'm currently employed in the state of WI, but I'm losing my job and moving to KY will I be able to collect from KY?
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# justin 2011-10-13 12:16
i normally get my check on friday, but monday was a holiday will i still ge tit friday? or will it push it a day behind?
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# Jason 2011-12-05 12:37
If I quit my job because I feel as if I am working in a hostile/discriminating workplace may I collect unemployment benefits. The hostile part is that I get harassed alot at work, I have reported it but it only got worse. The discrimination part that i believe is discrimination is that if there was any "grunt/b*tch" work to do they always chose me to do it. So I was wondering if i quit my job because of those reasons if I could get unemployment.
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# Barry 2011-12-07 16:40
i originally tried to file for unemployment on line , but never finished, so i tried again today. i was told that my information is already being used, so everything new is invalid. then i tried to call and after completing the set of questions i was waiting for an agent and the line went off. called back but it seems that the computer won't let me continue. i just want to talk to a live person or if that's not possible, can i go to an unemployment office
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# Roy 2011-12-27 01:43
i filed for my weekly unemployment claim like always but the day i filed it, it was christmas eve. Now it let me file it but will i get it like i normally do or will it be late due to the holiday? the day i recieve it does not fall on a holiday just the day i filed it so i should recieve it on time no delays right?
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# Jimmy G. 2012-01-09 09:50
My old boss wants me to come to work for 4 hours. I would have to put my kids i daycare. 4 hours of work would cover daycare. He said I am refusing work if I don't come in. Is this true for 4 hours of work? Do I have to work for him?
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# Dawn 2012-08-21 00:04
File your bi-weekly claim and report absent hour wages you could have earned for the 4 hours. Follow the company call-off procedures if you are scheduled to work. If you are permanently separated from the employer a uc rep may refer separation issues for adjudication of eligibility which is done on a case-by-case basis. The procedure is akin to VODOO! Good luck. Appeal any ineligible determination, demand the person (Examiner) who made the determination review the case with you. If you do that immediately they may be able to issue a re-determination based on new or different facts.
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# randy 2012-01-24 19:39
I had a phone interview and forgot to give 2 days that they told me to go in I'm trying to call to let them no but I can't get through I gave a specific day when I was going back to work but I got called in for a oriention 2 days before
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# KM 2012-01-24 20:44
I have work for a doctor for 19 years, just me and the doctor. My position is full time. The doctor has decided to retire with the idea to sell the practice to another doctor. The possible is good that this new doctor will already have a practice in place. If this doctor decides to take this practice I feel he will set up a transition period. If I get offered a job for less money than I am currently making am I committed to take it? If I say no can I still collect unemployment. If I work for him during this 2-3 month transition period and then he lays me off can I collect unemployment and if so from which doctor.
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# BrianRk 2012-09-19 13:58
My boss fired me after I worked for him for almost 2 years because my car had broken down and I was late 5 times because I had to get a ride the 32 miles to work. He had never talked to me about me being late and I always called and told them when I would be able to make it in. He fired me through text message and told me not to file for unemployment because I would get denied. Then today he sent me another text calling me a fucking dumb ass for filing because he just got the claim and told me know wonder my sons mother walks all over me. Am I still eligible for unemployment and can I do anything about the text messages he's sending me?
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# AJ 2012-12-12 17:26
nieghbor lady got laid-off n collected benefits while she worked with her husband at his business, tried to report her n have run into so many walls trying to...not worth my time anymore. WI is un fair in alot of ways for those who pay they'r way (like us),
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# Catherine 2013-01-11 14:25
I was denied to have UI even if I was laid off by my boss. Of course I was laid off and had to do something with my time and be productive. I went back to school. This was the reason why EDD denied UI for my case. I just needed "temporary assistance" till I get Work Study program at school. Recently, like 3 days ago, I got a mail "NOTICE OF AMENDED UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE AWARD". Does it mean I am getting it ? I got confuse bec. I got a "denial letter" before christmas 2012. Is it a mistake?
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# lou 2013-01-30 09:41
i need to show proof of receiving unemployment benifits from 2011?
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# molly 2013-01-30 11:02
My claim is in indiana but I moved to alachua florida wwhere do I regester for work near me
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# Helen 2013-03-03 21:44
I am a consultant and the company I was contracted for is located in Illinois, but my Consulting Firm is located in Indiana. I am currently laid off because the Illinois company had to cut costs and my consulting firm doesn't have a job for me yet. My question is do I file for unemployment in Illinois or Indiana? I worked in Illinios but my company I worked for is in Indiana.
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# Tess 2013-03-11 10:59
Can i qualify for unemployment if i get fired for taking time off for college
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# Joanne 2013-05-24 06:45
I was working 40 hours a week I had my hours and my pay reduced in one day without notice do I qualify for unemployment?I am currently still working but I am looking for another job.
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# Tracklayer 2013-09-04 08:13
My husband is a full time machinist and has to have surgery and will have to be off work for 6 weeks. His employer does not offer short term disability. Will he be able to collect unemployment for those 6 weeks for medical leave
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# Natasha Schwenk Pugh 2017-10-11 14:34
I am very concerned with being able to meet my family's needs in the very near future. Yesterday my employer held a meeting that he is ending our employment effective 10/28. Our situation is a unique one. Another business is leasing the building and portion is being sublet to my current employer. My current employer is keeping his EIN number and hiring new staff to work his business. All of his previous employees are being let go. The new business leasing the building is going to meet to with us about employment options.They have their own EIN number. My current employer said. "Effective 10/28 your employment will end and beginning 10/30 you would begin new employment under the new business. I don't feel that I should be forced to work for an unfamiliar business. We have been told that the new company is going to be different and have their own direction. They will be closing for quite awhile at the beginning of the year for construction. As this is a new employer, If I start there right away, I am not guaranteed that I would have enough time in to collect unemployment should their needs not match mine. The transition has been very secretive and I am the manager. I want my staff and myself to feel secure. There is much speculation the the new outfit will have us train others for them and release us. As this is a new business (my current employer will still have his business there) am I safe to say that me and my staff are not required to work for another business taking over the space. Our employment will be terminated with our current employer. I personally don't feel confident in this new company and would not want to work there. Can we collect unemployment until we can find suitable/stable employment? Please HELP!
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# Daniel Dignard 2017-11-01 00:06
trying to fill out reunemployment form and it will not accept my druvers license number. tried all different ways.
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