How To Stop filing For Unemployment Insurance

Updated : September 15th, 2021

Stopping your unemployment benefits is usually a step that follows retirement or securing a new job. Unemployment Insurance programs provide a monetary bonus to eligible people and offer temporary financial assistance until they find another stable source of income.

Unlike filing for benefits, filing to stop the benefits is an easy task. You do not even have to inform the authorities regarding it, you only have to stop submitting weekly claims. The payments will stop on their own.

How to stop filing for claims

If you don’t submit your weekly claim, you automatically get dropped from the program. You can choose to discontinue the payments at any time during your benefit year. Likewise, if you are deemed eligible, you can also resume claiming your remaining benefits for that benefit year.

Note that if you stop filing your claim even for a week, your benefit claims become inactive. If this happens, you may have to reopen the claim again during the 1st week of your eligibility.


Once your retirement pension starts arriving, you will have to inform the authorities involved. Trying to receive both payments may land you in trouble. Pension benefits are subject to taxes. If the officials cross-check this with your unemployment benefits, they may deem you over-paid and may even ask you to refund the benefit amount you have received.

It is not a rule in all states. Some states let you collect both unemployment benefits and pension benefits without reducing your benefit amount for U.I. Additionally, if this is your social security retirement pension, the amount will not be reduced. You need not report your social security pension benefits to the authorities at U.I.

To find out more, visit the Unemployment Benefits by State page.

New job

If you are discontinuing your benefits because you landed a new job, all you have to do is pick true in the field asking yourself, if you are back to work. It is a field that is there on each weekly claim filing form. Once you do this, your benefits will automatically become inactive, and you will stop receiving payments.

Whatever the reason for discontinuing your unemployment benefits, please ensure that you have enough money to meet necessary expenses. If you receive a new job offer and are unsure about liking the job, do some research about the job before you discontinue your benefits.

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  1. I am a freelancer, who had a baby 4 months ago. Can I collect unemployment benefits in the state of NY since I am not getting a paid maternity leave and have no income while taking care of my child? If not, what are other options I have available to me.

    thank you

    1. Sallie,

      If you can fulfill the criteria, you can be eligible. Please use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this website for more.

  2. I need someone’s help. I am not able to get in contact with anyone from the IRS, and I have not gotten any of the 3-4 Stimulus Checks, Golden State Checks or whatever other bonuses California/Stimulus Checks there are out there because I was {claimed on another’s person’s Taxes as an Independent without my knowledge nor Consent. What do I do????

  3. Wrong the Gary, Indiana Dolese Catholic, pay into the State unemployment ever since the 1930″s, and are still covered as of today!

  4. I am on a contract job out of state. When the contract period is over I may get an offer for another contract of the same terms and conditions. If I decide not to renew a contract and go home will I be eligible for unemployment?

    1. Mark,

      Contract workers are generally not eligible to claim UI benefits since employers do not remit Unemployment Taxes into the system.

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