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Arizona Unemployment Benefit Questions

Why do I have to report earnings when I haven’t been paid by my employer yet?

Each time you file a weekly claim for benefits, you have to report if you performed any work or earned any money during the week you are claiming.

You must report the total sum earned before deductions.  It must be for the week in which the work was carried out even though you may not have been paid for the work at the time you file your weekly claim.

What do I do if I no longer need Benefits?

Should you return to work or find that you no longer wish to claim benefits, you simply stop filing your weekly claim forms. There is no condition that you must inform unemployment insurance. If you become unemployed again or wish to reactivate your claim (or file a new one if your current benefit year has expired), you may do so online or by telephone.

How do I check the status of my benefit payment?

You can find all of the following information either online or by phone:

  • View the newest benefit payment made to you;
  • Information about the last week you filed if you did not receive a payment; and
  • The balance remaining on your current claim.
  • Benefit payment information may also be viewed for the most recently completed calendar year (for tax purposes). This option is usually available from February to May each year.

Online: Access the Weekly Claims system and after choosing your language select “View Payment Information” from the drop-down menu.

By Phone: Call the AZ Unemployment Insurance Call Center, select Option 3, followed by:

  • Option 2 for the latest payment made to you, or information about the last week you filed if you did not obtain a payment, and the balance remaining on your current claim; or
  • Option 4 to receive payment information for the previous calendar year.


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Questions & Answers

  1. Joanne says:

    If I received my two week notice my job is being terminated can I sign up now so I will not have to wait to get my first check?

  2. Ryan Simonian says:

    If i was able to file my weekly claim form this week does that mean i will get paid???

  3. Douglas says:

    I am drawing social security and currently work 24 hrs per week and will need surgery. Will I be able to draw unemployment until I am released to go back to work ?

    • Martin says:

      You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons. Unfortunately, personal reasons are not considered.

  4. chuck e says:

    can you collect social security and unemployment at the same time ? just got laid off and im 62 but social security is not enough im i elgible to file unemployment?

    • Martin says:

      Well, each state has its own rules in this regard.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information.

  5. Patti Neill says:

    I am 75 and have worked for 3yrs and 10 months due to harassment, being called a lair and only 6 hours of training for a different position I can not continue my working relation with U R S. Is it possible to get unemployment?

  6. Jessica says:

    What does it mean if your claim says this when you are in view claim. I copied the message. Its for Az EUC. I had $1044 left and was not paid out. I also am showing 8 disqualification weeks due to congress. What do I do. Keep filing on this claim since im not able to begin a new euc application.

    No money remains in your extension award. You may file a new claim after 4/5/2014. Your claim is not in active status. To avoid losing benefits, File a Weekly Claim before 5:00pm on 3/14/2014.Overpayment Balance is $0.00.This amount does not include interest and/or penalties. If you have any questions, please refer to your most recent Monthly Statement of Accounts sent from the Office of Accounts Receivable and Collections or contact the Benefit Processing Control Unit at 602-364-4300.

    • Adrian says:

      Looks like this relates to extended benefits offered by the federal govt which stays expired as of 28th Dec 2013 awaiting congressional approval.

      You may look at calling the phone number for accurate information.

  7. charles chagnon says:

    Iwas on workmans comp for 6 months and now Ian released for full time work,there’s no work available at this time. Can I file for benefits?

    • Adrian says:

      If you are able and available to work, please consider filing.I suggest that you speak to a representative from the Labor department in AZ before filing to check the effect of Workman’s comp on unemployment insurance.

  8. Johnny P. Diaz says:

    Is my new unemployment claim to be honored despite the suspension of the unemployment benefits extension?

    • Adrian says:

      Extended benefits(EUC) is a federal program, a “Tier 2” option available for unemployed citizens seeking compensation. In Arizona,you can get get upto 26 weeks of state provided UI which is not affected.

  9. Terry says:

    I was laid off my job after 20 years. I can take my early retirement which wont be much, can I receive both my pension and unemployment?

  10. Mark says:

    My wife got transfered from California to Arizona and I know that California adopted a federal law is far is if your spouse is transferred that the other individual can claim unemployment benefits I need to know do I go through California or do I go through Arizona to cleamthese benefits thanks

  11. Marlene says:

    I work for a casino as a waitress serving cocktails, on Oct 6th my sister pass away and needed to attend her services , as I return to work I was told that I no longer have a job for a no show no call. I have proof on my phone I did call but my boss’s did not believe me. Do I have a right to claim unemployment after 6 years with same employer?

  12. Caroline Fawcett says:

    I applied for unemployment on line on 8/16/2013.

    The correct name and address for my ex employer is;:

    VP International, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Please correct your records and advise what the next step

    Thank you.


  13. Anna chavez says:

    I filed my initial claim 03/01/13. I am not eligible for UI from 03/03/13 to 07/20/13 reason, Unused vacation, Holiday, SickPay and Severance Pay. Do I still continue to file my weekly claims?

  14. Sue Chacon says:

    If I have been offered a job, but actual work will not start for 3-6 weeks (the time it will take the State to process my application), how should I file my weekly claim?

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