There are reasons why some unemployment claims are denied. Unemployment claims offer temporary income for those who lost their jobs without their fault. Nevertheless, in order to receive benefits, there are eligibility requirements in the state you belong that should be met. Each state has different unemployment compensation program, so it is vital to review what requirements are applicable in your state.

The following are some reasons for denying unemployment claims:

1. Only workers who were employed previously in positions which their employers paid for unemployment benefits may qualify for unemployment insurance. Those who worked as independent contractors and self-employed are not eligible for the benefits.

2. You should have earned enough wages in a specific time period or the base period before you became unemployed. If you do not have enough wages, you could not qualify.

3. Failure to document previous earnings may lead to denial.  Applicants for unemployment benefits are usually required to provide documentation of earned wages during the base period to qualify. If you fail to provide a written proof through your W-2 form, your claim could be denied.

4. Each state has a maximum time on which people can collect unemployment benefits for a year. In some states for example, people cannot collect benefits for more than 26 weeks in a 52 week period. When the yearly limit is reached, additional benefits will not be available.

5. You cannot claim unemployment insurance if you resigned from your job.

6. You cannot avail of the benefits if you lost your job due to misconduct. This could include offenses like theft, tardiness, failure to follow instructions, endangering your co-workers and other negative actions.

7. You will not be given unemployment benefits if you lost your job due to labor disputes such as a strike.

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