Unemployment benefits can help many people who lose their jobs to get by until they are able to find work. Losing a job can mean facing several issues while trying to qualify for unemployment benefits.
*NOTE: This article discusses the process for traditional unemployment benefits. There are additional federal benefits such as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC). Please see other articles on our website for information about these benefits.
Information and online form to apply for unemployment compensation.
Sometimes you get unemployment benefits when you are not supposed to. You will have to pay them back.
Just as workers have the right to file claims for unemployment insurance, employers have the right to protest those claims they consider invalid. When such a protest is made, it sets the adjudication process in motion.