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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 Alabama unemployment benefits? Apply for Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08) online.

Know more about Alabama Unemployment –
Calculate your benefit amount
Check your eligibility

  1. I been fileing for 7 weeks i been approved for the alabana trying program its sbowing my money on my cliam but when will i get payed

    • Antron,

      There might be a delay due to a large number of pending applicaitons. Please continue chasing at regular intervals.

  2. Hello my name is Gary ! I recently filed for unemployment and It’s been 3 weeks and have yet to receive the $275 i was told i was getting. Also, I’ve never received the card that my payments go to in the mail. Please can someone contact me and tell me what is going on bc I’m really depending on this money to help with my bills and utilities during this horrible time

    • Gary,

      I can understand your situation. Please wait. There will be thousands of applications for the office to be processed. Make sure to check the status at regular intervals.

  3. I am trying to apply for unemployment compensation. I need to get an application on my computer but I swear I think it would be easier to fly to the moon. I have been laid off from my job at Cracker Barrel. We have no indication when this lay off will end. Please help

    • When I first filed it got to the last page & went away. How can i retrieve it. I’ve tried over & over. I even went to The Fed x office & tried & it did the same thing

  4. I moved from Alabama to Michigan I need proof I get unemployment candy get a hold of anyone to talk to all the numbers are Auto I try to login but says my email not right can anyone help and I tried to go the one here in Michigan they won’t help either

  5. I have filed and received my wage report weeks ago, however every single time I try to login it says there is no record of a claim with my ssn. When I call there is a ‘high call load, please call back later’…there is not one number I’ve called where I can get a human being. Very frustrated. Not sure what to do.

    • Catherine,

      I can understand the situation you’re in. I suggest you try calling during off-peak hours or consider the option of visiting an Unemployment Office in the vicinity.

      • I was unemployment the whole of 2021 as my place of employment shut down due to COVID PANDEMIC. I was in a way misguided into not being eligible for Unemployment compensation & I let it go. But now I learn that I was in fact totally eligible for it & can file it up to a year of my back dues. Please help me. SOS ?. Thanks.

  6. My job position was eliminated when I came back from medical leave- my district manager called me on the phone and told – HR told someone I involitarily quit- I have been trying to get in touch to file an appeal and can seem to get anyone to call me I need a number to talk to a real person instead of a machine- I can only leave my name and SS number- I was cleared to go back to work July 9th and still havent gotten anything- what else can I do?

    • Jennifer,

      Please consider visiting an office in the vicinity. You can log on to the official website for further details.

  7. I have worked in Hoover, Alabama since February 8, 2016. My last day working before we “separated — I was released” was September 22,2017.I was given a Severance package through October 27, 2017. I never relocated my family so I returned to Milford, Ohio when I was released from Bud’s Best Cookies. QUESTIONs — do I file for unemployment with Alabama vs. Ohio ? And if Alabama — do my job search requirements make me look in Alabama to qualify ?

    • Kevin,

      If the severance package is fully paid off and you got separated from the last job due to involuntary reasons, please file from the state where your employment was based.

  8. if i was wrongfully terminated and the company is under investigation, can i still get my benefits if they say i was rightfully terminated?

    • You can be eligible under such circumstances.

      Please make sure to keep supporting documents handy in case of a dispute during claim processing.

  9. my job has been eliminated and they giving us severance pay one time check, will I be able to draw unemployment and will I need to turn in the severance pay in the week I get it? Or does the severance pay keep me from drawing unemployment?
    Won’t happen till April but would like to know before hand.
    Cheryl Mc

    • Please look out for options on the IVR for the option to speak to a rep. You can also visit the official website to get more numbers.

    • 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.

        • Nett,

          Labor authorities are the Unemployment Offices. They administer the UI benefits program.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

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

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

  11. 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?

  12. 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

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

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

    • Eligibility for UI compensation is dependent on various criteria.

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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