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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 was denied benefits due to quitting my job although it was due to Covid related reasons. I’ve been filing my weekly certifications for over a year now because I know that I’m entitled to benefits, my claim has since been sent back to the approval department. How does back pay work in my situation? Am I gonna be paid out for each week I’ve been waiting and filing my certifications (estimated 60 weeks)?

    1. Kimberly,

      If you were issued a “Letter of Determination” in your favor, you can be eligible to be paid retrospectively. Please call the Unemployment Office for more.

  2. I have received a letter from Alabama unemployment requesting proof of Job Search Registration which I have completed several months ago, I have faxed them numerous times of what I thought they wanted and evidently it’s not what they want nor can they tell me what they want. Tried calling 100’s of time
    Can anyone please tell me exactly what they want

  3. just got layed off in portland oregon worked 5month up there some how they never tired to file out state it was denied because of a open claim here which i stop 17 of aug 2020 they told me that the this claim needs to be close i havent file on this claim at all why it didnt closed by it self. now got all kinds of problem cant get thru the inquiry board i called 18-25 times 10-15 minutes after 5 pm any advice would help.

  4. I I have not recieved any of my bennifets for about 8 weeks now because it continues to say potential identity theft issues but I cant get thru to talk to anyone and every time I call to make a appointment it says all appointments are already full.

  5. I started a new job on August 3rd after resigning from a job I had for over eight years. I am now being let go from the new job for lack of needed experience. Am I still eligible for unemployment?

  6. I have called 20 times back to back, twice a day. I can’t get through to the inquiry line. I may have made a mistake on my numbers. I was denied and another claim was sent at the same time it doesn’t make sense. It says file for a pua claim online. I thought I did that in the beginning. It doesn’t even show a link. I was never asked for proof of income. I was never emailed or called. What do I do?? It’s been 3 months. I am just now getting a handbook mailed 7/12/20!! What’s going on?

    1. Amanda,

      I can understand your situation. There will be a delay considering the number of applications that are being processed. Please continue chasing the office/check your status online at regular intervals.

  7. My claim for PUA has been in limbo since June. It says I’m ineligible because SELF EMPLOYED. I misread the question about being self employed. I answered yes when I should have answered NO BECAUSE IM UNEMPLOYED.
    Also have Separation of Employment issue pending on claim. I was self employed..I was my employer. I’ve tried calling. I miss the call backs because cell phone service is near to none where I live. I went to the office in Jasper ,Al to try to talk to someone with no luck. I’ve not had any income since March.

    1. Joseph,

      I can understand your situation. There will be a delay considering the number of applications that are being processed. Please continue chasing the office/check your status online at regular intervals until payments normalize.

    2. My unemployment has been saying pending for going on 5weeks says I have nothing to do I have tried to call find out something I can’t get threw to anyone please someone help I need my money

      1. My Alabama unemployment status also say pending issues halt and has been saying that for 4 weeks now. I’ve tried calling them, emailing them with no luck. What do I need to do?? Thanks

        1. Catherine,

          If safe and feasible, please consider visiting an office in the vicinity.

  8. I was trying to file for regular UI but accidentally filed for pua. Now they have a hold on my claim. Who do I contact to correct this

  9. I tested postive for Covid-19 at the Doctors office where I was also employed at. I was sent home for 2 weeks where I filed for ui. Since I did not have any vacation /sick time. My employer lied said I quit on my claim in fear she would be in trouble. I offered to cancel the claim but she still let me go. Now my ui claim is being held due to separation issues. I have faxed proof she lied, and proof she even said that she would tell them I quit. I think she was fearful due to the PPP loan she would be in trouble having an employee file since she did not understand testing that having an employee test positive would not effect her PPP forgiveness status. She didn’t even report that I had wages in 2019 to Unemployment but I have the w2 to prove I did. Im going on week 5 waiting on ui and have left several messages no return call. Help!

    1. Chris,

      I can understand your situation. There will be a delay considering the number of applications that are being processed. Please continue chasing the office/check your status online at regular intervals until payments normalize.

      Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  10. How long it takes for debit card. Filled on 3/25/20 approved for benifits. 4/15/ 20 been paid for 2 weeks but can’t use it cause no debit card. Sure can’t get in touch with unemployment office to find anything out!! How long does it take for card.

    1. Mike, I realize your comment is from last year, but was wondering how long it took to receive your card. Thanks!

  11. where do I filed for benefits and find more UI benefit… This is my first time as an young American for filing for UI please help me or try to assist me. finally is the united postal service still hiring…

  12. its been two weeks now an have not got any money I have got the paper in the mail I have got netspend card but still nothing

  13. I need assistance in order to get started. I received a Notice to Claim and a yellow Benefits Rights booklet. What is next?

    1. Samantha,

      If you’ve been approved, please go ahead and file on the internet or by phone. Please call the Claims Center for assistance.

  14. I recieved my mail about the amount i will be getting and a booklet but my weekly certification says not paid for the 2nd week what does that mean

  15. I have a delay in a claim because my previous employer lied about termination reasons even though I have proof that they did. They were delayed in calling back and had until today to return the call regarding my rebuttal to their response. Now my waiting week says unpaid and the second week still says unpaid. What does that mean?

    1. Ashley,

      It means the claim is still being processed. A determination may have not been made. Please call the Claims Center for an update and make sure to chase at regular intervals.

  16. I filed three week s ago. The first week is a waiting week but why have the next two weeks not been paid?

    1. Wendolin,

      This should not be the case unless they kept you informed about a possible delay. Please chase the Claims Office right away by calling them.

    2. I filed three weeks ago and now I have three statements are not paid I wonder why I received a letter for me to call mr. John number for the 15th I called left a message he didn’t return so what do you think is wrong

  17. I filed for benefits and I can see the first week is the waiting week.. However, the second week says ‘paid’ with an issue date of june6.. I haven’t gotten anything yet.. Am I misreading it? Bills are adding up and I’m panicking

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