Although it’s been said that nothing in this world may be certain but death and taxes, there is another unfortunate reality: at some point in your life, you may lose your job.
No matter how good of an employee you are, it’s possible that, through no fault of your own, you may find yourself unemployed—and unable to find another job immediately, or even for some months.
And, just like death (and taxes), being unemployed can be a frightening situation to contemplate.
Although hopefully you have taken precautions in the form of creating and maintaining an emergency fund, there are fortunately other resources available to assist you, especially when it comes to unemployment insurance. Here, we’ll break them down, state by state.
The Alabama Department of Labor has an Unemployment Compensation (UC) division with various links to help claimants, job seekers, and employers looking for resources.
The division answers the top 10 frequently asked questions to help residents better understand the process. Unemployed workers can get started filing unemployment insurance in Alabama here.
The Alaska Department of Labor has multiple resources, including a myAlaska portal where residents can access crucial information regarding the status of their claim. Citizens can file a claim by phone, but the number varies by area.
The Arizona Department of Economic Security has a step-by-step guidance for residents filing for unemployment insurance. Due to the increase in call traffic, the Unemployment Insurance Call Center is extending its hours Monday through Friday, 7am-6pm.
Find important answers about which documents a resident may need to file a claim, or when and how to apply here .
The Arkansas Division of Workforce Services provides a step-by-step guide for citizens seeking to file an unemployment claim. Citizens can also find out how/when to file a claim by phone using the ARKline .
The Employment Development Department of California pays benefits to workers who become unemployed or partially unemployed, and has offered a guide to eligibility requirements .
UI Online is recommended for filing claims, as UI Online Mobile has been experiencing long wait times. However, the department has promised to add staff resources to keep up with demand.
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has provided a brief and accessible guide to the benefits packages that the state offers. To file a claim by telephone, residents can contact the Denver Metro office at (303) 813-2800.
The Connecticut Department of Labor has created a page with a guide and resources for those looking to file for unemployment. This site also provides updates and news regarding the Department’s activities.
The Delaware Department of Labor provides various resources and tools for residents to understand the unemployment filing process. This page directs residents to an online form , where they can easily file a claim for unemployment.
District of Columbia
The DC Department of Employee Services provides relevant issues regarding the unemployment compensation process. Residents can file a claim online through the Unemployment Insurance Center for Claimants , or by phone at (202) 724-7000.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has the Reemployment Assistance Service Center for those recently unemployed. To file for unemployment the center uses a service called CONNECT .
However, the site has been reportedly experiencing major glitches as a result of increased traffic and a consequence of delayed action, according to audits dating back to 2015.
The Georgia Department of Labor website provides various links where residents can find out more information specific to their own situation. Residents can file a claim through an online Unemployment Insurance Claim Application , or by phone at (404) 232-3180.
The Hawaii Department of Labor has created an Unemployment Insurance web page where users can find various resources, facts and tools to help them file an unemployment claim and stay up to date on the process. Residents can file a claim directly using the Unemployment Insurance online form .
The Idaho Department of Labor provides various resources, including a claimant portal, FAQ and background information regarding the unemployment filing process. Residents can file claims through the online claimant portal or by calling (208) 332-8942.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security provides various resources and information for citizens seeking to file an unemployment claim. Residents can use an online form or call (800) 247-4984 to file a claim. Additionally, residents can find the nearest office to file a claim in person by using this reference page .
The Indiana Department of WorkForce Development has resources available for all seeking unemployment insurance, including UI video tutorials, a general one-pager on basics for claimants and FAQs listed on the Indiana Unemployment homepage .
Due to high call volume and long wait times, the department recommends learning more information here before calling.
The Iowa State Government has a Workforce Development page where residents can find crucial information regarding their eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits. Citizens can file a claim using the Unemployment Benefits On-line Application System .
The Kansas Department of Labor has created an Unemployment Benefits Page where residents can find out relevant information and file a claim. This page also provides ways for citizens to file a claim by phone or check the status of their claim.
The Kentucky Career Center offers a schedule depending on last names for when residents can file for unemployment benefits. That schedule can be found on its website, along with hours of operation and the information those applying will need to be considered. Residents can file their UI claims here .
The Louisiana Department of Labor has created a page called HiRE , where residents can check their eligibility and file a claim. Additionally, residents can file a claim by phone by calling (866) 783-5567.
The Maine Department of Labor has a page dedicated to helping residents find out their eligibility for unemployment benefits and additional guidance on how to file a claim.
To file a claim online, residents can access the state’s Unemployment Services Portal .
The Maryland Department of Labor’s Division of Unemployment Insurance has provided resources and information for residents seeking to file a claim. Citizens can file a claim online through their main website.
The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development in Massachusetts has The Department of Unemployment Assistance with resources to apply for unemployment insurance online and through a TeleCert line with automated assistance. Residents can download a guide to benefits and employment services here.
The Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity in Michigan has created a schedule based on last names for those filing for unemployment benefits, due to the amount of traffic on its phone lines.
Therefore, the agency encourages residents to use The Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM) and has provided a toolkit for step-by-step instructions.
The Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program has an accessible guide for those looking to file for unemployment benefits. Residents can file a claim directly using an online form and can check to see the best way to get in touch via phone.
The Mississippi Department of Employment Security has an informative website where residents can figure out which kind of claim they qualify for and learn about how to apply.
The Missouri Department of Labor lists general information for those looking to file for unemployment benefits. Residents can file a claim directly using the UIneract portal or by calling the relevant office.
The Montana Department of Labor and Industry has a page called Montana Works , where residents can find relevant information regarding their eligibility or file a claim. Additionally, citizens can file a claim by phone by calling (406) 444-2545.
The Nebraska Department of Labor has resources listed on its website for those looking to file for unemployment insurance at NEworks. The portal also provides access to information on the labor market and a link to an app with job listings.
The Nevada Unemployment Insurance self service website allows residents to file an unemployment benefits claim online. Citizens can also find the relevant office to contact by phone using the Claimants Contact page.
The New Hampshire Department of Labor has an Employment Security website where residents can find general information regarding unemployment benefits claims.
Residents can file a claim online using Workforce Connect or by contacting (800) 266-2252. If citizens would like to file their claim in person, they can find the relevant office to do so using the Office Locations page .
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development lists various options and general information for those seeking to file for unemployment benefits. Residents can apply online using the How To Apply page and can find the relevant telephone number using the contact reference page .
The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions has a page called My Workforce Connection where residents file for a claim online. Additionally, residents can file a claim by phone using (877) 664-6984.
The New York State Department of Labor provides a multitude of resources and information for residents looking to file an unemployment benefits claim online. Those looking to file a claim online can do so directly through the website .
However, The New York State Department of Labor website has crashed repeatedly. Governor Cuomo has publicly apologized , citing an increase of 900% of traffic compared to a typical week. Residents can also file a claim by phone by calling (888) 209-8124.
The North Carolina Department of Commerce website has numerous resources for residents who want to file for unemployment benefits. Residents can file a claim directly online using the Employment Security portal or via phone, by calling (888) 737-0259.
The North Dakota Job Service has created a guide for residents looking to file for unemployment. Residents who want to file a claim online or want to see additional resources can do so through the Resources page . Additionally, claims can be filed by telephone by calling (701) 328-4995.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family services provides general information about the state’s unemployment insurance program.
Those looking to file a claim online or access additional resources can do so through the Office Unemployment Insurance Operations . If residents wish to file a claim by telephone, they can do so by calling (877) 644-6562.
The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission lists crucial information for those looking to file for unemployment benefits. Residents looking to file a claim online can do so using this portal . Those who prefer to speak to an unemployment claim representative can also call (800) 555-1554.
The Oregon Employment Department provides general information for those interested in filing an unemployment claim. Residents can file an unemployment insurance claim online or by telephone through the Online Claim System .
The Pennsylvania Office of Unemployment Compensation has several resources for those filing for unemployment benefits, like quick tips and step-by-step guide to filing. The site also links to an FAQ with answers related to the impact of federal programs as well.
The unemployment site crashed on Saturday due to increased traffic, but according to an update from the PA Department of Labor and Industry , the site is currently back up and running. The UC Live Chat is also an option for those seeking to file a claim at (888) 313-7284.
The Department of Labor and Training has helpful tips and resources for those seeking unemployment claims, including specific guidelines for gig economy workers , job seekers, employees and employers.
Residents can file an online claim here or residents can also reach the Unemployment Insurance Service Center at (401) 243-9100.
The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce has created a claims process guide for residents to reference for general information. To file a claim, residents can login in to the SUITS Portal or by calling (800) 529-8339.
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation has a dedicated site for residents seeking reemployment assistance benefits. To file a claim online, residents can find out how to do so through the dedicated Reemployment Assistance Benefits page . Citizens can also file a claim via phone by calling (605) 626-3179.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development dedicated a webpage to unemployment resources for those seeking to file a claim, like eligibility requirements , an online application link and what to expect after you file . Residents can track UI claims here .
The Texas Workforce Commission has a subpage of its website titled Unemployment Benefits Services with a list of links for residents. The list links to multiple resources including an FAQ and more information for job seekers and employees. All unemployment claims will be filed through TWC using existing or created User IDs.
The Utah State Government Workforce Services website provides important information for those seeking to file for unemployment benefits. Residents can file a claim online using the dedicated Unemployment Insurance Benefits web page or by contacting the relevant office by phone .
The Vermont Department of Labor has a subpage dedicated to important information regarding unemployment insurance. To establish a claim, residents can do so through electronic form or by calling (877) 214-3331.
The Virginia Employment Commission ’s website provides guidance on requirements to file an Unemployment Insurance Claim in Virginia. Residents can file a claim online , or via phone by calling 866-832-2363.
Washington State’s Employment Security Department provides guidance and information specifically geared towards COVID-19 affected workers and businesses.
They have launched a new daily webinar with more information regarding setting up a Secure Access Washington (SAW) account and submitting a claim for benefits online . You can also submit a claim via phone by calling 800-318-6022, and subscribe for COVID-19 updates here.
The West Virginia Department of Commerce ’s subpage WorkForce West Virginia has multiple resources for those looking for unemployment insurance benefits including information on eligibility and how to apply online . Among the resources are the top 10 things residents need to know about filing for unemployment compensation.
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development’s website provides critical information for those looking to apply for unemployment benefits. Residents can apply online through an electronic form or by calling (414) 435-7069.
The Wyoming Department of Workforce Development offers information for claimants, employers and service providers, in addition to FAQs . Residents can file a claim online through electronic form with WYUI or by calling (307) 473-3789.
These state resources are not the only assistance available to you if you find yourself without work and income—which may be especially concerning if you have monthly loan repayments to consider. Your specific lender may offer protections as well.
SoFi, for instance, offers unemployment protection for borrowers, meaning that if you lose your job through no fault of your own, and your loan is in good standing, you can request to enroll in the Unemployment Protection program.
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SoFi members also have complimentary access to career coaches who provide support, helping them get back on track and move on to the next great opportunity.
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