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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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  1. I am a van driver for a charter school for special needs kids and I also work as a teachers aide during class time until I drive the kids back home. Due to not having school in the summer (2 months), I have no driving or classroom job. Can school van drivers collect UI during the summer in Arizona?

    • Mindy,

      Seasonal employment does not generally qualify. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  2. If someone is collecting unemployment and they were to drive for someone like UBER or LYFT until they get a real job, do you have to claim that income to unemployment? Or if you are a consultant with a multi level marketing company like Tupperware making money on the side, do you have to claim that to the unemployment people?

    • I am not sure why driving Uber or Lyft cant be termed a real job. You can call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  3. I was fired from my job on 2/25/18. I had another Job the same day. But making much less. So my question is can I apply for benefits to compensate the loss.

    • Tammy,

      Since you have got a job at hand, I don’t think you’ll qualify. Please call the Unemployment Office.

  4. 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?

  5. 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 ?

    • 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.

  6. 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?

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

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

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

    • 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.

  9. 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?

    • 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.

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

    • 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.

  11. 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?

    • My position in a postsecondary institution is being eliminated. I am eligible to collect my ASRS pension but am one year away from my designated Social Security age for collection, and would like to defer taking my SS for another year. Can I collect UI benefits while also taking my ASRS benefits?

  12. 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

  13. 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?

  14. 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.


  15. 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?

  16. 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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