The number of unemployment cases continues to rise due to millions of people who lost their jobs. Unemployment benefits are available for people who lost their jobs without their fault.  It is important to understand your eligibility requirements because rules differ in every state. It would be a good idea to check the eligibility in the state you belong to make sure that you qualify for unemployment benefits.

One of the main questions that will be asked to qualify for unemployment insurance is the reason of losing your job. If the claim is denied, you can make an appeal for hearing. The amount of unemployment benefit you get depends on how much you earned while still working. Keep in mind that there are eligibility requirements such as working at certain number of weeks.

Unemployment benefits in general are payable from up to 26 weeks, but may differ from state to state. Another factor that could affect the number of payments is the unemployment rate. Unemployment benefits could be given for additional weeks when the rate of unemployment is high. After you file for your unemployment claims in your state’s Unemployment Insurance office, allow two or three weeks for the agency to decide on your claim. Make sure to respond to any correspondence the agency may send you right away. When you get an approval, make sure to complete and return all paper works immediately to be able to get your benefits on time.

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