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  • Unemployment insurance provides temporary financial replacement for lost wages. 
  • Unemployment benefits are managed by each state.
  • For state specific information, visit your state’s unemployment agency website.
EligibilityTo be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits, you must meet these requirements, in addition to any state requirements:
  • You are unemployed through no fault of your own. This means you were let go from a job through no fault of your own. Being “fired for cause” may make you ineligible.
  • Worked during a specified period, usually up to 18 months.
  • Earned a minimum amount of wages.
  • Actively seek work each week you are collecting benefits.

States may have specific rules. Check your state’s unemployment agency website for details.

To find your state’s unemployment agency website and additional resources, visit: Benefits.gov or TriageCancer.org/state-laws/unemployment-benefits

How to File for Unemployment Insurance Benefits
ApplyingThe application process will depend on which state you work in, but generally includes these steps:
  • Call your state’s unemployment agency or visit your state’s online portal to apply (also known as filing a claim).
  • If you have a claim on file, you can re-open an existing claim. If you haven’t recently filed for unemployment, you will most likely need to file a new claim.
  • You may be asked to register on your state’s job search website.
  • Answer all questions that you are asked, honestly and as accurately as you can.
Ongoing RequirementsOnce your claim is processed, you can begin filing for unemployment insurance benefits.
  • You must certify that you are fully or partially unemployed weekly or bi-weekly to receive an unemployment payment. This may vary by state.
  • Filing your weekly or bi-weekly claim can usually be done through your state website, telephone, or the mail.
  • Most states provide up to 26 weeks of unemployment benefits, but this may vary based on your state rules.
  • Make sure you understand and follow your state’s requirements for filing unemployment benefits, including what you must do to stay eligible.
Appealing DecisionsIf you are denied benefits, you have the right to an appeal.
  • The denial letter will usually include how and when to file an appeal. Each state has their own specific appeal process, but states often require appeals to be sent in writing.
  • There may be multiple steps to an appeal, depending on your state rules.
  • Make sure to keep filing unemployment claims during the time your appeal is being decided.
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