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Updated : December 8th, 2021

Alabama Unemployment Benefits

State unemployment benefits are handled by The Alabama Department of Labor (ADL). The department offers financial help to those who have lost their jobs for no fault of their own. ADL also offers various services to applicants to make the Unemployment Insurance claims process as easy as possible, and to get a job in the most time effective manner.

Alabama’s Career Centers offer job development, occupational and educational training, vocational rehabilitation and veterans services. The career centers also offer services such as labor market Information, computer training tutorials, job shops, and individual career assessments.

Read on to know more to know about the details such as eligibility criteria, documents required to file for benefits, benefits extensions and so on.

Eligibility To Apply For UI Benefits In Alabama

Alabama UI benefits are only given if you satisfy all the eligibility criteria which are monetary requirements, job separation requirements, and job search requirements. You must maintain your eligibility in all respects to remain eligible throughout the benefit period.

Monetary Eligibility

To gain monetary eligibility you must have earnings for a minimum of two quarters for your qualifying base period.

Your base period is the first four quarters of your last five completed quarters from the date of your initial claim.

You must meet certain qualifications set by the State of Alabama to receive unemployment benefits:

  • Your total base period earnings must be equal or exceed one-half times of your highest quarter earnings
  • The average of your two highest quarters must equal or exceed $1157.01
  • To receive unemployment benefits if you are working part-time your gross weekly earnings should be less than your weekly benefit amount
  • The weekly benefits amount in the state of Alabama ranges from $45 to a maximum of $265, which is calculated using your base period amount

A form will be sent to your most recent employer informing them you have filed for unemployment benefits. Your ex-employer will fill in the form regarding your performance in your last job. The application will then be reviewed by the department and only if the application meets the criteria will the department give the go-ahead for you to receive unemployment benefits.

Base Period: Is the last four of the last five completed calendar quarters before filing an initial application claim

High Quarter: The high quarter is the base period quarter in which you earned the maximum amount of wages in your employment

Benefit Year: The benefit year is a 52-week term, beginning with the week you file your initial claim

Waiting Week: A waiting week is a one week time period in which your claim will not be paid. This will not affect your claim balance

Covered and Insured Employment: Covered employment is work performed for any employer who is subject to unemployment law in the state of Alabama.

You have up to 26 weeks of UI benefits depending on how much you earned in your base period. You have a 52 week benefit year in which if you exhaust your 26 weeks of UI you are not eligible for more.

When you return to work or have deductible income for any week, you can draw more or less than 26 weeks. The current weekly gross earnings are $265. If your gross weekly earnings exceed $265 you are not eligible for unemployment benefits.

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Job Separation

The reason for separation from your previous job is vital to determine your eligibility for unemployment benefits. There are certain conditions that you have to meet to be eligible for unemployment benefits in the state of Alabama.

  • You have lost your job for no fault of yours whatsoever
  • If you voluntarily quit your job, the burden of proof is on you to show that you had a good cause to quit
  • If you are terminated your previous employer must show that you were terminated for a work- connected reason as stated in the Alabama UC law
  • Depending on the circumstances of the act you will be eligible or ineligible for UI. Be it misconduct work rules, policies, endangering the safety of others disregarding orders or instructions and committing a dishonest or criminal act

The Alabama Department Of Labor will conduct a thorough background check by consulting your previous employer. If the reason for your resignation does not match any of the reasons above you may not be eligible for unemployment benefits.

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Maintaining Eligibility

After becoming eligible for benefits you must maintain your eligibility throughout the benefit period. ADL has set certain conditions which have to be maintained throughout the benefit period:

  • If you decline a job offer from any potential employer your benefits can be canceled immediately
  • You must be unemployed through no fault of yours as defined by Alabama State law
  • You must actively search for a new job weekly and must update the Alabama career center weekly maintaining a handbook of your job search
  • You must be actively seeking employment weekly and create a handbook of the status of your application which will be reviewed by the department
  • You must not refuse any suitable work. If you fail to respond to the Alabama Career Center regarding an opportunity, your benefits can be delayed from 1 to 10 weeks
  • You must maintain records of the employers you contact, the dates you made the contact and the outcome
  • If you were terminated from your previous employment, your previous employer must show that you were terminated for a work-related reason as stated in the Alabama UC Law
  • If you are enrolled in any sort of training approved by the department you must fully complete your training during your unemployment. As long as you are making steady process it will not affect your claims
  • If you are not a citizen of the United States, you must provide your registration which maintains your eligibility to work in the US. Your registration number will then be verified by U.S. citizenship and immigration services (USCIS) and only if your application is verified will you be eligible for benefits. The unemployment claim cannot be established using any wages you earned before you had the authorization to work in the US

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How To Apply For UI Benefits in Alabama?

You will need the following documents to file claims in the state of Alabama

To apply for Alabama unemployment benefits you will need to share your:

Online: To apply for benefits in Alabama, you must log in to
Click on ‘establish a new claim’ or ‘reopen a UC claim’ and follow the prompts. You can apply for benefits online at any time and place convenient to you.

Telephone: If you do not have access to a working internet connection you can dial 866-234-5382 to file for UI benefits in Alabama. Use a touch-tone phone while filing your claim. If access is not available to a touch-tone phone use a designated telephone at any local Alabama Career Center.

You will then be asked a series of questions that require you to answer by pressing certain numbers on your touch-tone telephone keypad. Later you may be transferred to a claims specialist which may require you to give additional information to complete your claim.

For follow-ups and general information, call the toll free call centerline at 800-361-4524 or visit labor

How To File Weekly Claims

To file your weekly claims, visit the ADL website or use the unemployment compensation division touch-tone voice process system.

To file your weekly claims you will need your social security number and Personal Identification Number (PIN) which you established when you filed your unemployment claim.

Weekly claim certifications can be claimed by 12.01 AM Sunday through 5.00 PM on Friday (Central Time). You must file for your weekly claims no later than 5 pm each Friday.

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UI Benefit Amount

You can find the approximate weekly benefits that you are entitled to in the state of Alabama using this calculator. The benefits calculator below will give an idea of what your weekly benefit amount would be, by taking your base period wages into consideration. Find out what weekly benefits you should receive in the state of Alabama.

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Use the calculator to find out how much weekly benefits you may approximately earn in the state of Alabama.

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Things To Know After Filing An Application

You are expected to follow certain guidelines after filing for UI claims. Not adhering to these guidelines can result in problems, and can also result in a stoppage of monetary benefits as well. You must also be aware of the job-related services provided by Alabama’s career centers.

Overpayments And Collections

Overpayments occur if you made a mistake while claiming for benefits, or you were not able to work for a particular week of the benefit or the entire period. If you are on trial you might receive overpayment benefits.

Alabama has several methods of determining UC overpayment and fraud. These methods include, employer wage records, benefit payment audits, quality assurance audits, reports through the fraud, and reports through the state and national new hire program.

If the Alabama state determines that you were overpaid benefits, you will be notified through a Notice of Determination of Overpayment. Which indicates the amount of overpayment and explains why you were overpaid.

Failure to report any information that affects your eligibility for benefits and falsely reporting any on your claim application can be considered as an act of fraud. False information on your claim application or weekly claim applications is constructed as an act of fraud. Withholding of certain facts or information determining your eligibility while claiming benefits also constitutes fraud. If a fraud situation is detected in your payments of unemployment benefits:

  • You will be disqualified for a 52- week period which begins immediately following the final date of your fraud determination
  • You will also be required to pay the full fraud amount in verified cash or funds before filing for another claim
  • Every subsequent act determined as fraud will result in a disqualification period of 104-weeks following the final date of the determination of fraud

The act of unemployment fraud is also punishable by the prosecution from a class B felony to a class A misdemeanor. An arrest warrant can be issued against you. Upon convictions, you can be:

  • Sentenced to a maximum of not more than 20 years or less than 2 years in jail for each offense of a class B felony
  • Sentenced to a maximum of not more than 10 years or less than 1 year and 1 day for class c felony
  • Sentenced to not more than one year for a class A misdemeanor

You can voluntarily pay for your overpayments via personal check, money order, certified check or cashier’s check made payable to the Alabama Department of Labor. You can also pay for overpayments online at

If you have any questions about overpayment and repayment, you can contact the Benefit Payment Control Section at (334) 956-4000.

All repayment benefits must always be in writing. Always mail your payments to the following address.
Alabama Department of labor
Benefit Payment Control Section 3430
649 Monroe Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36131
Phone: (334) 956-4000

Benefits Extension

The State of Alabama offers benefits extension when the unemployment rate is too high or there is an economic downturn. To know more, visit the Alabama Department Of Labor website.

Job Training Assistance

Alabama’s network offers one-stop career centers that are located throughout the state. Services like job development, occupational and educational training, vocational rehabilitation and Unemployment Insurance information is offered at the center.

Potential employers work with the centers to find workers with specific skill sets. Many centers are linked electronically with partner agencies. Such as the Alabama department of human resources and department of education.

Alabama’s Career Centers offer services like:

  • Facilities are provided to help job seekers who do not have access to a working internet connection
  • Employees are urged to connect with potential employers through the internet access provided at these centers
  • Individual career assessment techniques are used by the centers to test the employee’s professional skills and fit the employee to the correct job profile
  • The centers also create job referral templates which employees fill up and are passed on to various people in the center so that, someone could refer a potential candidate
  • All information regarding unemployment insurance eligibility is provided at the centers so that applicants have a clear understanding of what is the process to file for UI
  • Access to a copier, fax, and telephone are all provided at the centers, which makes it easier for candidates to send and receive various documents for their job search
  • The centers also conduct regular workshops on resume building process

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Questions & Answers

  1. I am very very confused… When I go to the website, it said that I have funds available. Well, I filed my weekly claim on Sunday September 14,2015 for the week ending September 12, 2015. It stated that it was “not paid” when I have funds available for unemployment, wouldn’t that say that My claim was approved? I can’t get in touch with anyone. My question is, I had to resign from my previous employer due to a decline in mental health status, diagnosed with PTSD by the Va in 2011, certain aspects at work exacerbated my condition and for health reasons, I had no other choice but to resign. Had I not resigned I probably would have committed suicide. I am actively receiving treatment from the VA. What am I supposed to do at this point? I am seeing many posts that is giving the impression that the state does not care about the health of their tax payers and residents. Does this make me ineligible? No ine responds to emails and I cannot get in trough with anyone over the phone. I need to know what is going on with my claim before I lose everything.

    • Victoria,

      We can understand your situation. Please try visiting an office in your area if the phones remain unanswered. If there are funds in your account, it largely means that your claim has been approved.

  2. I’m going to have back surgery and I would like to know if I would be able to draw unemployment. I will return to work when the doctor releases me.

  3. I have been working for a bank as a contractor (temporary work) for 2 years. I am now pregnant and due in December. I spoke to my supervisor today and asked if I would be able to have time off for maternity and will I be able to return after delivering my baby. She told me because I am a contractor I will not receive paid nor unpaid time off, and my position will not remain reserved for me, it will be filled as soon as I leave. So not only do I not have benefits, I also will not have a job to return to. Will I be able to receive any unemployment for the time I am able to work, after I have my baby?
    Thanks for any response.

    • You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

      Pregnancy is not considered.

    • I have been working for a bank as a contractor (temporary work) for 2 years. I am now pregnant and due in December. I spoke to my supervisor today and asked if I would be able to have time off for maternity and will I be able to return after delivering my baby. She told me because I am a contractor I will not receive paid nor unpaid time off, and my position will not remain reserved for me, it will be filled as soon as I leave. So not only do I not have benefits, I also will not have a job to return to. Will I be able to receive any unemployment for the time I am able to work, after I have my baby?
      Thanks for any response.

      • You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  4. 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?

    • 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.

  5. 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.

    • 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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

    • 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.

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

  9. 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?

    • 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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?

    • 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 –

      • 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

  13. 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

    • 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.

  14. 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

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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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