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What is the definition of unemployment insurance?

What is the definition of unemployment insurance?

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands are overseen by the Department of Labor. Unemployment benefits are provided by these states/jurisdictions to eligible workers who are unemployed due to no fault of their own and meet other eligibility standards.

Who qualifies for unemployment benefits?

You must meet all of the following requirements to be eligible for this benefit program:

Be jobless due to no fault of your own; and Have worked for a set period of time, usually 18 months; and Have earned a minimum pay set by each state; and Actively seek work during each week you receive benefits.

States may have their own set of regulations, which are governed by state law.

How can I submit an application for unemployment benefits?

Please use the Career One Stop Service Locator to locate information about a specific state or territory.

Do you need to file for unemployment benefits or learn more about them?

Unemployment insurance is administered by each state separately. Many require you to file for unemployment benefits online, and others offer toll-free numbers or other means of obtaining help with the process. In these FAQs concerning unemployment insurance, you’ll find further information, including COVID-19 updates.

Update on September 6, 2021: Extended federal unemployment benefits expired on September 6, 2021, although individuals are still eligible for state unemployment benefits.

Choose your state from the list below to file a report and learn more, including information regarding coronavirus updates.

What is the best way for me to get in touch with someone?

For additional information on state agencies that handle unemployment claims, go to the Career One Stop website’s America’s Service Finder and select the state where you want to file your claim.

You can also contact us by phone at 1-866-487-2365.

Individuals that are experiencing difficulties

1-877-889-5627