Are you worried on the economic changes or have you recently lost your job without your own fault? Whatever the case may be, you might wonder if you are qualified to receive unemployment benefits. While there are certain requirements that differ from state to state, most of the states have the basic standards for acquiring unemployment insurance. These basics include unemployment or working part-time, you should meet certain income requirements, you should be willing, ready and able to work and you lost your job involuntarily.

You will not be eligible for unemployment benefits if you voluntarily quit your job, you were fired due to a crime or offense and you have never worked before. To get more information on eligibility, you can check out the employment office in your state. Moreover, you can also look into the state government section under unemployment insurance or search online. In many states, unemployment compensation is funded by employer contributions via a payroll tax. In a few areas, employees are required to make a minimal contribution to the fund.

You can apply in person to your state’s unemployment office, file through the phone, by mail or apply online. You need to provide information such as your social security number, previous employer’s name, phone number and address, last working day and the reason why you are out of job, salary history and proof of citizenship.

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