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Are you willing to actively look for a job?


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Did your employer pay unemployment taxes ("Covered Employment")?


Did you earn at least $ 2314 in the base period in

Base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. If you are filing today, base period is Apr 2014 - Jun 2014 to Jan 2015 - Mar 2015


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Did you quit your last job due to unsafe working conditions, not being paid, discrimination and / or health and safety risks?


Were you fired for no fault of your own?


Were you laid off for no fault of your own?


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CALL: 1-866-234-5382 (7am - 5pm, Mon. - Fri.) to file an Unemployment Compensation Claim. To file an Unemployment Compensation Claim (TTY/TDD) dial 1-800-499-2035 (7am - 5pm, Mon. - Fri.) To contact the Inquiry Line regarding an existing claim call 1-800-361-4524 (7am - 5pm, Mon. - Fri.)

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State Name: Alabama

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    State: Alabama (AL)
    Phone Number: 1-866-234-5382 (7am - 5pm, Mon. - Fri.) to file an Unemployment Compensation Claim. To file an Unemployment Compensation Claim (TTY/TDD) dial 1-800-499-2035 (7am - 5pm, Mon. - Fri.) To contact the Inquiry Line regarding an existing claim call 1-800-361-4524 (7am - 5pm, Mon. - Fri.)
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    Major Towns: Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, Hoover, Dothan, Decatur, and Auburn.

    Current Unemploymnet Rate in Alabama

    Alabama Unemployment Questions

    How much can I receive each week?
    Benefits per week range from a minimum of $45.00 to a maximum of $265.00* calculated using your base period earnings. On the day after you file your claim, a form is mailed to you (monetary determination) that states all of your base period wages by employer and the total and weekly amount to which you may be entitled.

    What will happen if I draw unemployment benefits while I am working?
    You may be charged with an overpayment of unemployment benefits which you will have to repay before any further or future benefits can be paid to you. You may also be disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits. If you are working and drawing benefits, it will be discovered through a periodic audit of your unemployment claim for benefits. Your claim for unemployment benefits may be audited, even after your claim ends. Your claim is audited by comparing any weeks in which you were paid benefits with any wages reported by your employer during the same time period.

    Can I receive benefits during all of my benefit year?
    Generally, you have up to 26 weeks of eligibility depending on how much you have earned in your base period. If you return to work of if you have deductible income for any week, you may draw more or less than 26 weeks. The total amount that you can draw for the year is the maximum benefit amount shown on your monetary determination.

    What if I have work in another state?
    When you contact the call center, a representative can file your claim against another state (unless that state operates their own call center) or determine if you need to combine all of your wages from several states to file a claim. You will need to be prepared to discuss the last 18 months work history for this information to be correct. The call center representative is trained to help you decided what type of claim will benefit you the most. In some cases, you will be given an option on which claim/s you decide to file.

    What are Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA) Benefits?
    TRA benefits are a weekly allowance which may be paid to eligible workers following the exhaustion of their regular Unemployment Compensation benefits. This is usually the same amount as the UC payment in effect or established by the first separation from employment

    What is the Waiting Week and will I receive payment for it?
    A Waiting Week is an unpaid period following the 13th compensable week of Unemployment Compensation payments. Therefore, no benefits for the 14th payable week of benefits will be issued even though a certification is required for that period. However, you may be paid your full maximum benefit amount should you remain unemployed and continue to claim subsequent weeks and meet all eligibility requirements.

    Can I have Federal withholding taxes taken out of my unemployment payments?
    Yes, you can have Federal Withholding taxes withheld at the current rate of 10%.

    What To If You Return To Work And Become Unemployed Again?
    You should reopen your claim as soon as you become unemployed, either via Internet at or by calling the claims line at 866-234-5382. Do not wait to receive your last paycheck. Remember. Your claim cannot be backdated. Your most recent employer will be notified that you have filed a claim for benefits and will be requested to provide information as to why you are no longer employed.

    Basic Eligibility Criteria to Claim Benefits in AL

    You must have insured wages in at least two quarters of your base period in order to qualify for unemployment benefits. The base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before the week you call to file an initial claim application for a new benefit year. Wages paid to you during your base period are used to determine if you have enough wages to qualify for a claim and to calculate how much you can be paid in benefits.

    Appealing against the decision

    If you disagree with an examiner’s determination, you may file an appeal to the Hearing and Appeals Division. This is your first level of administrative appeal. Appeal requests must be filed within 15 calendar days of the mailing date of the original decision or within 7 calendar days if the decision was handed to you in-person. If the last day to file falls on a weekend or a state holiday, the deadline to file an appeal will be the next working day after the weekend or holiday.

Questions & Answers

  1. Richard says:

    I quit my job of 38 years in Feb. The company was reducing my position out of mgmt. At this time my parents were dealing with health issues out of state and I knew I would have to spend a lot of time getting their house sold and moved here. Now I need help until I can find a job. Can I get unemployment benefits under this circumstance?

    • Martin says:

      I am afraid you will not be eligible since unemployment benefits are only extended to those who lose their job due to involuntary reasons such as lay offs.

  2. Wilberto Torres says:

    With few months to qualify for unemployment benefits

  3. lesasse says:

    Can my company lay me off for a week and not pay me unemployment? I’ve been with this company 10 years. We have two layoff periods, Dec. and July. If you receive unemployment in Dec you want receive it in July when filed, and vice versa. We file thru company not by phone or online. Is this legal? We’ll get holiday pay check but nothing else.

    • Adrian says:

      If your employer has declared themselves as seasonal, I guess this should be fine.

      Only the govt. can pay you unemployment compensation. Your company cannot administer it. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state.

  4. Shelly says:

    I have been out of work on medical leave for back surgery since December 2013. I had filed the required paperwork with my company so they had to hold my position, but two months after surgery, I found out the company leased all of the stores out to foreigners and left the state. This technically left me unemployed! It has been 7 months since surgery and now that I have been released to return to work by the doctor, worker’s comp has quit paying me! My problem is, I talked with my old manager and she said, even if I hired on with the new owners, they cannot meet my new compensation needs for my new physical restrictions. Am I eligible to receive unemployment until I can find a new job that will accommodate my back? I need some form of income until I can find another job to support my family and myself!

  5. Crystal says:

    I’ve been filing weekly claims, one week said “waiting period” now it says “NOT PAID” what does the status of “NOT PAID” mean besides the obvious of not being paid, does that mean my claim was denied? Or I will not be paid?

    Thanks for your help,

    Crystal Jenkins

    • Adrian says:

      Please contact the customer service of the labor dept in Alabama on 1-800-361-4524 (7:00 am – 4:30 pm,, Mon. – Fri.) for an accurate status.

  6. Dawn says:

    my job posistion was eliminated and i was terminated and given severance pay. will the severance pay affect my ability to draw unemployment?

  7. Missy says:

    I worked for Samlip in Alexander City, Alabama through a temp service. I was told I pointed out and was not to return to Samlip. I was told that I would not qualify for unemployment. Is that true?

    • Adrian says:

      Depends on the type of employment.Seasonal and freelance workers are usually not eligible to receive UI payments. Please go ahead and speak to the Labor department in AL to ascertain.

  8. david says:

    I’ve been waiting two week for unemployment to deposit money to my card and I found out the take the first and last check now person is in charge of this and how would I go about calling or getting in touch with him

  9. Tim Mosley says:

    I am not very happy with the state of Alabama, I have been without a job since October 2013 and filed like I was told to do and put in my time every week like I was suppose to do now it is the end of Nov. and not yet have I receieved anything not even a call from anyone to help me nor even a back pay from when I applied from the start go figure state of Alabama, now almost christmas and no money not even to pay power bill

  10. James says:

    What is misconduct? Is lack of focus and going to the bathroom misconduct?

  11. trish says:

    OK so I was told today I’m going to be laid off Friday from my full time job but I have a part time job 2 days a week and only make maybe 100 week from there can I get unemployment with having a part time job?

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Trish,

      If you have worked full time in a company for a considerable period of time, you should be able to receive unemployment. However, you will have to mention your part time job and the earnings will be deducted from your weekly benefit amount if you qualify to receive unemployment.
      More information here –

      • trish says:

        Thank you so much BC I have been on my full time job for 6 years and only had my part time job for 5 months and the only reason I got it is BC they cut my pay at my main job

  12. BARBARA RAMSBY says:

    i have worked as a server at the steak n shake off of goverment blvd. from 1-10-11/ 5-31-13. I was fired for asking a customer if there was anything left on the table before he sat down? (He sat at a dirty table and there was a 10 dollar bill sitting there before he sat down)”my tip”! The customer then called corporate and told them I made him feel uncomfortable and he left, I now know that the customer is always right even if they STEAL, his word against mine!!! I’m a single mother with 2 Baby girls and I need help, please notify me on how I go about getting my unemployment until I can find another means of work PLEASE

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Barbara,

      Getting fired for a work related misconduct may not fetch you unemployment benefits. But, if you apply for benefits and it is denied, you have an option to appeal the decision. Please go ahead and apply for unemployment compensation.

  13. Jack says:

    When a civilian employee is furloughed at what point can they apply for unemployment through Alabama? Do you have to take 5 or more continueous days of furlough? Example, I let empployee A take 5 days consecutively off, can he file and draw unemployment? Employee B wants to take all 11 days consecutively, can she apply for unemployment? I have several employees asking that question, also I am affected too. The link attached is driving the question. thanks for your response. Jack

  14. Mitzi Grubbs says:

    I work and draw social security. My company has been sold. Can I draw unemployment as well as my social security?

  15. Karys says:

    I’m pregnant and my hour at work got reduced and in a month I will have to take a maternity leave am I eligible for unemployment.

  16. Linda says:

    I am almost out of my unemployment, and I have been diligently searching for employment. How do I apply for the extension? How long will be extension be given? and Does the amount change from the current compensation? Thanks.

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