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Updated : December 17th, 2020

State: Indiana (IN)
Phone Number:1-800-891-6499 (8:00 to 5:00 Monday-Tuesday and 8:00 to 4:30 Wednesday-Friday) to file an Unemployment Compensation Claim.
Major Towns:Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville , South Bend, Hammond, Bloomington, Gary,Carmel, Fishers, Muncie
Current Unemploymnet Rate in Indiana

Indiana Unemployment Questions

How do I apply for unemployment benefits?
To apply for unemployment benefits, go to Uplink CSS, the online system for unemployment insurance claims or if you don't have internet access, go to your nearest full service WorkOne Center as soon as you become unemployed. You will be required to report your last employer's name, mailing address, phone number & dates of employment as well as your address, social security number & phone number.

How much am I entitled to receive in unemployment benefits?
Benefits are based upon total wages earned during your base period. The minimum amount paid per week in Indiana is $50, while the maximum is currently $390. The highest quarter of your base period determines your weekly amount. A claimant would need at least $9,250 in their highest quarter to receive $390 per week.

What is my password?
A password is the 8 to 20 characters (letters or numbers) you created when you entered your application into the Uplink CSS, our online system for filing your claims. If you have forgotten your password, please contact the Help Line at 1-800-891-6499 or your local WorkOne Center. The local center or Help Line can reset the system, so that you can enter a new password.

When will I receive my first payment?
You should receive your first payment within 3 weeks if there are no issues on your claim for benefits. You are not paid benefits for the first week you claim after filing for benefits (the first voucher you submit) because this is your waiting period week.

What are issues, and why are there issues on my claim?
An issue can be associated with your claim if circumstances occur such as being terminated from your last employer or you were eligible for severance or vacation pay at the time of separation. Other issues may occur due to how you answered the questions on your voucher. These issues must be resolved before payments can be released.

Why don't I receive a check for my first voucher?
Indiana law requires a one waiting period week, which means you do not receive a check for the first week of your claim if you meet eligibility requirements.

Why is my claim being reviewed?
Issues associated with your claim will cause a review of your claim and delay payment of benefits.

Why was I told I could draw benefits for a year?
All claims for unemployment benefits are in effect for a 52-week period called a benefit year. However, the maximum number of weeks full benefits are paid is 26, with some claims having fewer weeks. If you are paid all 26 weeks of a claim before the expiration of the benefit year, you will not be eligible to file a new claim until that benefit year ends.

What is my Benefit Year-End (BYE) date?
Your Benefit Year-End (BYE) date is the Saturday that ends the 52nd week after you filed your claim for unemployment benefits. Your local WorkOne Center can provide you with this date. Also, it is located on your monetary determination that was mailed to you after filing your claim.

Received a "Notice of Overpayment" and can't afford to pay all this back at once. Can I make?
Yes, to talk to someone about a repayment agreement, call 317-233-4838 or 317-233-4839.

Questions & Answers

  1. I got paid for 3 weeks, and then they asked me to fill out the backdated vouchers. While doing so, I made some errors on gross total income- instead of putting
    in zero, I put the weekly benefit figure. Now, it has been three weeks and I haven’t received my benefits. The website says -not paid due to unresolved issues-
    I have called the org. several times and I was asked to wait as they are “reviewing”. Please advice me as to what I should do.
    Thanks in advance.

    1. Shashi,

      All we can ask you to do is “keep chasing” the office. There’ll be a delay due to the number of pending UI applications.

    2. I just filed my voucher and it went through and my claim is open. But now it wants me to file a new unemployment claim while the previous one is still open. What do I do?

      1. I work at a bar that was closed down to covid 19 and have been filling for 12 weeks and not a penny how cool is that and what suck even before the shutdown i was getting 37 plus hours and now if i make over 20 hrs i am no longer able to get my benefits

  2. Im trying to file for unemployment and under the job part its asking me about working for the union. I don’t work for the union Im just part of a union through the play I was working. I just pay dues. What do I do?

    1. I started working for the travel Lodge hotel, and at first it was for room and board. Then after a month I started to get paycheck’s.. they where taking out med. And s.s
      I think I filled exempt? But the owner let me go because of missed day’s due to me being sick.. can I file

  3. My employer was keeping tip money from the workers and using it for business expenses. I ask my employer why he was doing that and not giving to the workers. He got mad with me for challenging him on the subject. He then looked on the computer I was using at work and found I had looked up information on business zoning. He said that I had looked up that information on company time and fired me. Can I still apply for unemployment compensation?

    1. Mark,

      That’s a weird reason to be fired! If your employer paid Unemployment Taxes into the system, you should be able to claim.

  4. I applied for unemployment in December of 2018. I received one unemployment check. I received a lump sum the next week from my previous employer for a 401k. I haven’t received an unemployment check since. I was expecting the lump sum in April of 2018 but it was drug out until December. I have called many times but all they can tell me is that they are waiting to hear from the state. Is there another number I can call. I have gone all winter with no unemployment. Will they Pay me back pay if I was eligible?

    1. William,

      Please visit this website to find out additional phone numbers - You should also be able to check the status by logging in.

    2. > I have called many times but all they can tell me is that they are waiting to hear from the state.
      Hope your not talking about your former employer. They just told you that so they dont have pay their portion of your unemployment.

      They gave you a lump sum distribution from your 401k which will end up coming out of what you would have been paid. So if UI is 10k but you had 3k in 401k you would 10k-3k =7k.

  5. I worked at my job, From 10-5-16 till 2-27-17, As a temp. Was hired full time on 2-27-17. On 4-12-17 I became ill. I developed a knot on my neck and a sore throat, With a bloody nose. Went to an ent and had a biopsay done on my throat, A ct scan and mri were performed.I took 11 days vacation waiting ln the results. I was diagnosed with terminal stage 4 Mantell cell lymphoma. My last day at work was 4-27-18. Work paid me short term disability until, 7-16-18. 70% of my wage.Then I had to file for LTD. They told me I didnt qualify. I never missed a day or took vacations, Before this happened. Can I collect unemployment? I filed for SSDI, I received an award letter. Stating I get a check on Nov.24, 2018. That is along way off. I’m about to lose my home and car. This illness is from my job. Guess they new our filters, In our respirators, Were the wrong type.

    1. Leonard,

      You can be eligible to claim UI benefits if you quit work due to hazardous conditions at work. I suggest you call the Unemployment Office to discuss in detail before you make a decision.

    2. Sounds like the filters were asbestos. If so you could sue the shit out of your employer. Sounds like you should get check for mesophila which is caused by asbestos.

  6. Is someone eligible for unemployment benefits if returning to college full time after being terminated from job (if reason for termination meets requirements to receive benefits)?

    1. Erica,

      Unemployment insurance benefits are only extended to claimants who’re able to and available for full-time work.

      1. Sam,
        I am enrolling in school full time but still also seeking full time employment. Will I still be able to collect my unemployment benefits?

        1. Rachel,

          Unemployment Insurance benefits are only extended to workers who’re able and available for full-time work. I am not sure if you qualify with full-time schooling. Please call the Unemployment Office for confirmation.

    1. Nancy,

      Seasonal employment does not generally qualify since employers’ don’t pay unemployment taxes into the system. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

      1. Sam- What do I do about an ERROR CODE it keeps giving me after it allows me to go all the way through the voucher and then loads and says ERROR CODE. I have over ten vouchers on my account and it’s not letting me submit them. I’ve reached out to the unemployment office / customer service and mind you ive been trying to get this fixed going on 4 months now. No one asks like they can help me. But surely someone knows what to do?? Right?? Thanks for your time.

  7. I filed a claim using my phone but was unable to log into Uplink b/c the person I spoke w/ said I needed to use a computer. My computer was broken, but now I have one to use.

    How can I apply for benefits from the time I submitted the claim until now. I did not know that I had to apply weekly, and I did not have access to Uplink.

    Please advise on how to add those weeks to my unemployment request.

    Thank you!
    Richelley O’Hara

  8. ive been working since I was 16 years old. never been fired from a job . I had to resiged from a boat job to find something easier because I was diagnose with rheumatoid arthritis

    1. Steve,

      Hope you get well soon. Unfortunately, personal reasons are not considered making you ineligible. Please call the Unemployment Office for details.

  9. Laporte workone has signed waiver for my claims and I was wondering how long would it take to receive my back benefits

  10. I have never been fired or unemployeed since i was 16 but i have changed jobs (33 years old) i had back surgery 4 years aho in November and recently my dr has put me on light duty and now he has informed my employer that i cannot work pending a neurologist appt which is scheduled for Nov 16 2017. My current job i recently was terminated from was due to lack of eligibility for FMLA cause i havent been employed by them for 12 months. Am i eligible for unemployment because they fired me even though it possibly short term and no surgery? I have bills and child support that needs paid

    1. Kevin,

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

  11. If I am terminated from a job and get a severance package, can I still file for unemployment benefits as the severance is considered final wages?

  12. I am handicapped and had a desk job where I worked from my home. It would be extremely difficult for me attend meetings and go on interviews. Can I still apply and receive unemployment?

  13. I got let go from the United States Postal service after I fell on the job delivering mail. They approved my rehab but are still deciding on my workers compensation pay. I was a temp to hire. Can I apply for unemployment and if approved for Workers Comp, what happens. I live in Indiana.

    1. Temporary workers do not generally qualify to claim UI benefits.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

      1. Yes my sister in law quit with good reason too her boss got her to quit she cussed her out her boss did too me that entire store needs investigated the labor board staff needs to come in there. She is heavily looking for full time work online doing that. She made over a grand before taxes working for that store and too me she should have been getting more than $14 an hour try $20-$25 an hour and they never would let her become an assist manager she was with them for 3 years. The bosses treat those employees like diet there and some of them employees are rude too the customers too. She just quit about 4-5 days ago turned in her tag and keys and I don’t say I blame her either.

  14. I don’t receive pay stubs from my employer everything is direct deposited. How you verify my income without this information?

    1. Please note this is is a private information. We do not have specific information with regard to the claims process.

      Call the Unemployment Office in your state for specific information in this regard.

  15. I retired in 2005 because of no work in my field and couldn’t find employment. To get an income, I retired and receive a pension from a union. At the time I didn’t apply for unemployment. I was recently told that I was eligible for unemployment for a certain amount of time, a year I think, and I should have applied. Is this correct? I was told this by a worker that was doing some work to help me. Just wondering. You can contact me at my e-mail address

    1. You will not be eligible now on a retrospective basis. If you’ve had active employment in the last 4-5 calendar quarters and have been laid off, please consider applying.

  16. I got out of the navy after 14 years. I was going to file when I got ,but out due to my 50,000 severance pay. the period was roughly 3 years.
    that was 3 years ago I have not been employed since.
    can I still file for benefits.

      1. Indiana puts those waiting on a claim in the same class that are asking if they can have a claim on hold. you call you get a robot telling to f yourself.

  17. My husband had surgery and was told that he will be fired and rehired when he is able to perform his job. There is no light duty available. Can he qualify for unemployment benefits? It is through no fault of his own.

    1. You should be able to transfer benefits from one state to another.

      To begin with, please call the current state(where you’re claiming) and inquire about the procedure.

  18. I have been off work a month have to have surgery, will be off another 6 to 8 weeks, I have no income, do I qualify?

    1. Not sure if you’re able to claim for just 3 days, that too on suspension.

      Please check with the labor authorities in your state.

  19. Can you collect unemployment if you close & sell your business to retire?

    I am not sure if the wife did collect but I was told by the husband he collected unemployment for a year after they closed & sold their business?
    The couple soley owned this company for several decades before selling it to retire. I was told that the husband collected unemployment for a year because “I earned it by paying into it” . Even though he was eligible to collect social security he first collected unemployment so he could raise his ss by waiting a year. doesn’t sound right to me but maybe it is legal??

    1. If the business paid into the state UI taxes,you should be able to collect.

      Please check with the labor dept in your state.

    1. If you filed online,please log in to check for directions in this regard or call the customer service of the labor dept in your state.

  20. I resigned from my job after being on FMLA for 6 weeks. I have worked there for 20+ years. I found other job through a temp service,but am not able to perform the job duties. Can I draw unemployment from the first job if I leave the temp job?

    1. I guess you must be able to.You must have a good reason to have quit your second job.

      Please check with the labor dept in your state before filing.

  21. I worked for a company, through a staffing agency for over a year full time(55 hrs a week). Through no fault of my own the company decided they no longer needed me and let me go(end of assignment) I am staying in touch with the agency but, can I file until further employment can be found?

    1. If your employment was on the rolls and fulfills all conditions of a full time regular employment,please consider applying.

  22. My husband’s employment transferred him from Indiana to Georgia. I had to quit my job of 7 years and needless to say I am moving to Georgia. This is beyond my control. I was wondering how I go about filing for unemployment benefits.

    1. Mostly an Yes since they generally consider 4 of the last five quarters worked for monetary and other eligibility.

  23. I work production and the company has been very slow because of weather conditions, therefore there is not need for us. And the company has cut hours, so can I collect unemployment.

    1. For any reduction in hours, you can apply for UI compensation.Please note that there are other eligibility conditions that needs to be met.

  24. The place where I work is going to be closing due to they lost their lawsuit with the owner of the place they were renting from. Our last day of being opened is Sunday 12/22/13. We will be going to another store but it won’t be for a week. he store we are going to has over 20 employees already so we won’t be getting the same amount of hours that we get now. My question is can I file for unemployment for the week that I will not be working due to this, and can I receive it for the lost of wages?

  25. Because I was not able to find a full time job before my unemployment claim ran out I was forced to work 2 part time jobs. I average about 30 hours a week between the two. I have worked at one of them for 1 year and the other for 10 months. Can I file for any benefits now while I work these jobs and continue to seek a better full time job?

  26. I filed a claim on 6/12/13 and have not heard anything yet if i was denied benefits.I was fired because they felt i did not handle a situation correctly. Will i still be eligible for unemployment? Other question is the 21 days that it takes business days?

  27. my boss wants me to transfer but the thing is i spend half my check on gas already for the appointments that i do for them and i cant work for free. and they not give me gas back or some then they are going to fire me. i was wondering how much i have to make befor i gan draw unemployment.

    1. Hi Cassie,

      You can discuss about your problems with your boss and document the same. If your problem is unresolved, you may quit the job. While filing for unemployment, you will have to furnish the documents where you discussed your problems. This is necessary and remember that the burden of proof is on you to show that you are quitting for a good cause and due to no fault of your own.
      Here are the earning requirements in the state of Indiana –
      During your base period months, you must have wages a minimum of $4200 of which $2500 must be in the last 6 months of the base period
      Also, your total wages in the base period must be at least 1.5 times your highest quarter wages.

  28. Can a person take college classes full time while on unemployment rather than job searching to finish up a degree and help their employability?

  29. My unemployment benefits amount stated to recieve and the amount I recieved is to different amounts, the amount stated did’nt total the amount recieved. Can you help me with this?

  30. If a person has lot their job because of a company “take over”, what needs to be done for the individual to immediately begin unemployment benefits and how much per week will that person recieve?

    Thank you….

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