Unemployment Insurance Benefits in the US

Unemployment insurance simply means, if you lose your job, there are many benefits and relief programs available to you.

Do I qualify?

If you lose your work due to no fault, unemployment insurance programs will pay you money. You must be eligible according to state regulations.

Where can I apply?

Every state has its unique program. Choose your state from the list on this map to learn how to apply. You can file by phone, in person, or online.

Are there any other details I should know?

  • Some states offer more extended benefits when unemployment is high. 13 weeks are included in extended unemployment insurance benefits. You apply for extended benefits only when your expected benefits have run out. Only some qualify; check with your state.
  • Benefits from unemployment must be shown as income on your tax return.

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