Applying for unemployment should be done right after you lost your job through no fault of yours. There are several factors where you can lose your job without your fault such as lay-offs and shortage of work. Pregnant women can also receive sickness and/or parental benefits. This unemployment claim is intended to provide temporary financial assistance to help you pay your bills while you are still looking for a new job.

Determining the eligibility for this benefit differs from state to state so make sure you are aware of the requirements and policies in your state. It is preferable to get all information and the documents you need before filing your claim. You will need a list of your past employers, addresses, employment dates and your social security number.

Application is done through the State Unemployment Insurance Office either in person, through the phone or the internet. Apply as soon as possible after you lose your job because the process could take weeks and you will not be able to receive the benefits immediately. You can make your claim weekly or bi-weekly. In most states you can do this by phone or online. Make sure to follow the instructions of your state when claiming for your weekly benefits so you will not miss payments. It would help more if you appear at your Unemployment Insurance Office when you are required and make sure that you are on time for appointments.

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