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Are you physically able to work?

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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")?

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Did you earn at least $ 2400 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 Jul 2013 - Sep 2013 to Apr 2014 - Jun 2014

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How did you lose your job?

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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?

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Were you fired for no fault of your own?

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Were you laid off for no fault of your own?

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CALL: 1-888-209-8124 for New York State residents (or 1-877-358-5306 for out of state residents) between 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. This is a toll-free call. If you choose to file your claim by phone, an automated voice will offer you the choice of filing in English, Spanish, Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Creole, or "all other languages" (translation services will be provided). Listen to the choices carefully and enter the appropriate number on your telephone's numeric keypad to file a claim. If you have never filed a claim for benefits in New York State, you will be asked to create a Personal Identification Number (PIN). This will be a four-digit number that you must keep confidential. Hearing impaired individuals, who have Telephone Device for the Deaf (TTY/TDD) equipment, may file a claim by calling a relay operator at 1-800-662-1220 and requesting the operator to call 1-888-783-1370. Service at this number will only be provided to callers using TDD equipment.

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Disclaimer: The estimates are good in faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for any loss and damages caused by using the tools on our website.
Disclaimer: The estimates are given in good faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for loss or damage caused by the tools on our website.

    State: New York (NY)
    Phone Number: 1-888-209-8124 for New York State residents (or 1-877-358-5306 for out of state residents) between 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. This is a toll-free call. If you choose to file your claim by phone, an automated voice will offer you the choice of filing in English, Spanish, Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Creole, or "all other languages" (translation services will be provided). Listen to the choices carefully and enter the appropriate number on your telephone's numeric keypad to file a claim. If you have never filed a claim for benefits in New York State, you will be asked to create a Personal Identification Number (PIN). This will be a four-digit number that you must keep confidential. Hearing impaired individuals, who have Telephone Device for the Deaf (TTY/TDD) equipment, may file a claim by calling a relay operator at 1-800-662-1220 and requesting the operator to call 1-888-783-1370. Service at this number will only be provided to callers using TDD equipment.
    File Online: http://www.labor.state.ny.us/ui/how_to_file_claim.shtm
    Major Towns: New York, Rochester, Syracuse, Yonkers, Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Mount Vernon, and Albany

    Current Unemploymnet Rate in New York

    New York Unemployment Questions

    What if I work part-time?

    If you work less than four days in a week and earn $405 or less, you may receive partial benefits. Each day or part of a day of work causes your weekly benefit rate to drop by one-quarter. For example, if your weekly benefit rate is $100 and you work three days and earn less than $405, you may receive $25 in benefits. If you work two days, you may receive $50 in benefits. If you work one day, you may receive $75 in benefits.

    If you receive partial benefits, it extends the length of time you may collect benefits. If you earn over $405 in any week, no matter how many days you worked, you cannot receive benefits for that week.


    If I have a claim with another state, how do I register with NYS?
    If you filed a claim in another state, but have moved to New York State, the other state may require you to register with New York State. To register with New York State, contact the Telephone Claim Center. On the phone menu, select the option to file a new claim. After you enter your Social Security number and PIN, the system will tell you that you do not have a current claim on our records. It will tell you to file a new claim. At the end of the recording, the system will transfer you to a person who will process the Initial Interstate Claim for you.

    What if I want to help a friend or relative?
    We may consider you employed on any day or any part of a day when you perform even minor duties or "favors" for a friend's or relative's business. It does not matter whether you get paid or not. Call the Telephone Claim Center and give all the details before you claim benefits.

    When should I file a claim?

    File your claim during your first week of total or partial unemployment. If you wait, you may lose benefits. You may not file for a week when you work four or more days or earn more than $405 gross pay between Monday and Sunday. You must wait until the next Monday to file, if you are still unemployed.

    To request credit for a period for which you did not file a valid claim, write to:

    New York State Department of Labor Central Support Unit P.O. Box 15130 Albany, New York 12212

    Your letter should include your:

    • Name
    • Address
    • Phone number
    • Social Security number
    • Dates for which you request credit
    • Reason why you did not file a claim at that time


    What is the Monetary Determination?

    After you file your claim, we will send you a Monetary Determination. This letter shows your base period and the employers and wages used to determine if you have enough employment to establish a claim. Review this form for accuracy. Be sure you agree with the amount of earnings reported. Check the list for all your employers. Do not return this form. Keep it for your personal records. NOTE: The Wage Reporting System does not show wages earned:

    • With the federal government
    • In a branch of military service or
    • For work done outside of New York State

    Thus, the initial Monetary Determination may not list them. If the unemployment office fail to list an employer, job or earnings, fill out a Request for Reconsideration. They will use those wages to calculate your correct benefit rate.



    How do I request the release of money still in the Chase Direct Payment Card account of a deceased claimant?

    If you are the executor or administrator of the claimant's estate, you must contact JP Morgan Chase directly.

    Call Chase Customer Service toll-free at: (877) 221-1634

    Customer Service will tell you how to submit the request.



    If you currently live outside of New York State, but all of your work in the past 18 months was in NY State (including NY City), you must file your claim with New York State. If you worked in 2 or more states in the past 18 months, you must file your claim with one of the states where you worked, regardless of where you reside. You may be able to combine wages from all the states where you worked in the past 18 months, OR use only the wages earned in the filing state. Once you file your claim in a state where you worked, that state will advise you of all your filing options in order to receive the highest benefit amount.

    Receiving separation-related payments, such as severance pay or vacation pay: Generally, a claimant is eligible for unemployment insurance benefits while receiving separation-related payments. However, an individual will not be eligible for benefits if he or she continues to receive the full salary and exactly the same benefits that he or she received while working, with the understanding that the salary and benefits will stop if he or she becomes employed elsewhere. The employer’s payment of unused vacation accruals normally does not affect an individual’s eligibility for benefits.

Questions & Answers

  1. phil says:

    i hear that if i am terminated when i am NOT punched in, that i automatically qualify for unemployment benefits in NY state.
    i was wondering if anybody can confirm this or call bullshit on it for me please, thanks

  2. Danita Page says:

    If I quit my job in NY due to the expense of commuting from NJ, will I qualify for unemployment?

  3. kathy says:

    if my hours are cut from 40 hours per week
    To 20 hours per week, am I able to get unemployment for those 20 hrs?

  4. Paul Vanderbush says:

    What happens if a person is hospitalized for illness or injury while collecting unemployment benefits?

  5. Winston Lewis says:

    can i receive benefits after relocating to another state

    • Adrian says:

      You can file and receive benefits if moved to a different state.

      Please consider filing from the state where you were last employed.

  6. wady says:

    could i get unemployment benefits geting social security benefits at the same time?

  7. Mary Rivas says:

    If you are 64 1/2, can you collect unemployment and SS at the same time

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Mary,

      There is no reduction of your unemployment benefits because you collect Social Security. You must be available for and looking for work with no restrictions when you receive Social Security, just as all other claimants.

  8. Albert Last says:

    i was out of work since 1/13/2011 due to an injury that is being questioned whether or not it was a previouse aggravation of my workers comp. injury or an off the job new injury.I was in limbo without any financial aid and unable to return to work so i put in for disability retirement and was awarded it with my retirement date 7/21/2012. my question is would i be eligable for claiming the time that i have received no pay .

  9. melissa bo says:

    I left my job in ny and relocated to fl. I have been actively working for the past 8 months and about to lose my position. When filing an ui claim, do I file in fl or ny???

  10. Phyllis Briggs says:

    How do I find out if a claim was filed? I never get a live person and everytime I press 0 I get a dial tone and I am trying to find out if my claim for March 25th 2013 thru March 31st 2013 went thru how do I find this out? It has been saying pending for over a week and i need to know if it went thru and if not how do I claim for that week?

  11. saima shuja says:

    I took my unemployement 6 month and than i went out of united states for two years now i want to claim for unemployment again plz send me information obout it

  12. John Stewart says:

    I did not receive a phone number when I filed for my claim. I did receive the confirmation letter. Can you give me the phone number or website where I go to file my claim each week?

  13. tamerlyn chamberlain says:

    information about shared unemployment?

  14. Richard Groth says:

    Can I get a copy of my W2 form for 2012?

  15. CHANTINELL MAJORS says:

    Good Morning, I received unemployment for a few weeks in 2012, how can i get the 1099 form on line or will it be mailed to me?

  16. delvis rodriguez says:

    will i qualify for an extention? thanks

  17. Debra A. Carlott` says:

    I left my job Sept. 21. 2012 to relocate to Florida. I left Fl in 2007 and a $12.00 job to relocate to NY and took an $8.00 job. I came back to Fl hoping to resume former job or a simular one. No positions available. I have filed and claimed my benefits weekly since Sept. but to no avail. I have not received any benefits yet and I am seeking information as to when and if I will.

  18. Jacquelyn Bianco says:

    I resigned from my position to relocate to another state. I was suppose to arrive in Michigan on the 18th and be available for work the 20th of August. However, I could not leave until a week later and the job I was expecting was no longer available. I am actively seeking employment; I have applied for medical coverage and food stamps.

    Do qualify for for unemployment? If so, where do I apply NY or MI?

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