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Alabama Unemployment Application

The Unemployment Compensation (UC) is available for a worker who loses his job, through no fault of his own. These benefits are in place to give financial help under such circumstances mostly. Not everyone who applies for unemployment benefits will qualify. Certain conditions must be met in order to meet initial eligibility requirements and to remain eligible to receive benefits.

UC program benefits employers because it enables them to keep their workforce together during short-term layoffs. It aids individuals by providing them with basic sustenance money until they become re-employed. Both groups also profit because unemployment insurance helps stabilize local economies during a recession. Administration of the UC program is completely funded by Federal Unemployment Taxes (FUTA).

Alabama Department of Labor strives to provide customer-service oriented through the use of telephone claims, streamlined operations, and expanded services while maintaining a low unemployment compensation tax rate for Alabama employers.


You should have the following information available when you file an initial claim application:

Personal Information:

  • Social Security Number
  • Driver’s License or Alabama ID
  • Alien Registration Card, if applicable
  • Your bank routing number and checking or savings account number, to have your unemployment payment deposited directly into your bank account.

Employment History:

  • Names, complete addresses and telephone numbers of all employers from last 18 months.
  • The beginning and end dates of employment for your last 2 employers.

Additional Information:
Information and related documents for any federal civilian employment, military service, or work performed in another state in the past 18 months.

File A Claim –

It usually takes about two – three weeks following the week you filed your claim to receive your first benefit payment, provided that you have followed all instructions, filed your weekly certifications as instructed, and have met all eligibility requirements. Failure to give complete and correct information will delay any benefits to which you may be entitled.

Two ways to file –

Online: File your unemployment compensation claim online. If needed, telephones and computers are available for use at the nearest Career Center locations.

Telephone: Use 1-866-2-FILE UC or 866-234-5382 (toll-free) to file your claim. You should use a touch-tone telephone to file your claim. Using a cellular telephone is not recommended. If you do not have access to a touch-tone telephone, you may use a designated telephone at a local One Stop Career Center or at a nearest Employment Service Office.

Exhausted your regular unemployment benefits? Apply for Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08) online.

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Q&A Section

Questions & Answers

  1. ronald peters says:

    My unemployment compensation has exhausted can I file for and extensions

    • Martin says:

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  2. Andrea says:

    If I don’t have a checking account how do I apply?

    • Martin says:

      You will be required have an active bank account to receive payments.

      Please call the claims center/customer service of the labor dept. in your state for further information.

  3. chase says:

    how do i apply without a credit or debit card

  4. Mandy says:

    Is there a way to check the status of your unemployment application?

  5. Kevin says:

    If I have a injury away from work that is keeping me from working will I b eligible for unemployment

    • Adrian says:

      I am afraid, you will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who are able and available to work.

  6. james champion says:

    how can you make it easier to apply for your unemployeement without having to answer all these questions

  7. Kim says:

    I’ve been unemployed for almost two months now. I quit my previous job after basically being pushed out. I’ve been applying for jobs but no luck. Can I apply for unemployment benefits?

  8. tierra says:

    what if you are fulltime but not getting any hours. and everytime I call about schedule. manager tell me he will call me back . but never does. still currently employed but not on schedule

  9. william mckinney says:

    I am a substitute school bus work for summer.Can I collect unemployment benefits for summer months?

  10. Amanda Headrick says:

    I was recently let go from a business and was not given a reason why. Am I eligible for unemployment.

    • Adrian says:

      Eligibility for UI compensation is dependent on various criteria.

      If you think your employment was terminated wrongfully,please consider applying for benefits.

  11. Amanda Headrick says:

    I need a application to start unemployment

  12. Kenneth says:

    I was recently let go from a business, but I am retired from the military. I was making 50K a year at this business. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits? My retirement is 2k a month.

  13. Kenneth says:

    I was recently let go from a business, but I am retired from the military. I was making 50K a year at this business. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits? My retirement is 2k a month.

  14. andy l. thompson says:

    need unemployment benefits

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