Regardless of technological advancements today, unemployment is still a big reality. Due to the economic slumps, companies have taken drastic measures in order to continue their operation. The most common measure is to lay off employees. For this reason, more and more people are losing their jobs and availing of unemployment insurance.

To avail of unemployment insurance, you have to research on what options are available in your state. There are several requirements and qualifications you have to comply which differ in every state. Meeting these requirements is necessary for you to be able to receive unemployment insurance from the government.

In order to avail of the benefits, you have to file a form, present your social security number, address, the name, contact number and address of your previous employers. The benefits are paid for a maximum of twenty-six weeks in many states. During high unemployment rates, additional benefits are made available. Filing for unemployment compensation should be your first agenda the moment you are laid off from your job. It could take two or three weeks to collect your check, thus, the sooner you file it, the faster you will receive your pay. If you delay in filing, there will also be a delay in collecting your unemployment insurance.

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