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Max. Weekly Benefit Amount
$390
Max. Weeks of Benefits
26
Current Jobless Rate
4%
Max Weekly Benefit Amount
$390
Max Weeks of benefits
26
Current Jobless rate
4%

Updated : July 14th, 2021

Indiana Unemployment Benefits

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development provides Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits to those who lost their job through no fault of their own. Read through the page to know about eligibility requirements to qualify for UI benefits in Indiana and much more.

Eligibility To Apply For UI Benefits In Indiana

You must meet the monetary and job separation requirements to be eligible for Unemployment Insurance in Indiana.

Monetary Eligibility

You must meet the following criteria to be monetarily eligible for Indiana unemployment benefits:

  • Your total wages during the base period must be at least 1.5 times the wages in the highest quarter of your base period
  • Your base period wages must total at least $4,200 of which at least $2,500 must be earned in the 6 months of your base period

In Indiana, the regular base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before the week you file a new claim.

Find out more about eligibility requirements

Job Separation

You will qualify for Indiana unemployment benefits only if you lost your job through no fault of your own. If you voluntarily quit your job, you may not qualify for benefits unless the reason for quit is any of the following:

  • Your employer made significant changes to the terms or conditions of your work without your consent
  • You are working in an unsafe working environment
  • You are facing domestic or family violence
  • You are moving out with your spouse

Eligibility requirements – overview


Maintaining Eligibility

You must maintain your eligibility to continue to receive benefits without any hassle. You can maintain your eligibility in the following ways:

  • You must be physically able to work
  • You must be able to readily available to take up work
  • You must document your work search activities
  • You must be register for work on IndianaCAREERconnect.com
  • You must actively look for work

In addition, you must also accept a job offer that pays at least 90% of your previous wage during weeks 5-8 of receiving UI benefits. After 8 weeks of collecting unemployment benefits, you must accept a job offer that pays at least 80% of your previous wage.

Find out on job search requirements

How To Apply For UI Benefits In Indiana?

You must submit the following documents to apply for UI benefits in Indiana:

You can file for Indiana unemployment benefits through any of the following methods:

Online

You may file for benefits at www.in.gov/dwd/unemployment. Note that you must complete your claim by 8:59 p.m. EST on Saturday of the week you become unemployed to receive unemployment benefits for the following week.

Telephone

You can also file for unemployment benefits by phone system at 1-800-298-6650. Note that you won’t have access to the uplink system if you file by phone and will have to collect all UI information by telephone.

How To File Weekly Claims?

You must submit your weekly claim (commonly known as Voucher) the week following your initial unemployment claim and each week thereafter. You can file weekly certification through the online system—Uplink. Note that the week runs from Sunday, 12:00 a.m. through Saturday, 8:59 p.m., Eastern time.

Learn how to claim weekly benefits

UI Benefits Amount

Your weekly benefit amount is based on the total wages you earned in your base period. In Indiana, the maximum weekly benefit amount you can receive is $390.

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Things To Know After Filing An Application

You must know several aspects after filing for Unemployment Insurance in Indiana. They include:

Overpayments

You may sometimes receive unemployment overpayment due to:

  • Administrative errors
  • Reversal of previous unemployment decision
  • Failure to report wages and other necessary information
  • Wilful misinterpretation or false statements

If you receive unemployment overpayment, the Department of Workforce Development will send you a notice that includes instructions on repaying the overpaid amount. Note that you must repay the overpayment fully. If you fail to do so, the Department will deduct the amount from your future benefits or withhold federal or state income tax return to recover the overpaid amount

You can pay back overpayment online at payingov.com/dwd or by phone at 888-877-0450. You can also mail to the following address:

Indiana Workforce Development
Attn: UI Cashiering
10 North Senate Avenue, SE 001
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2277

Overpayment Through Fraud

If you intentionally provide incorrect information about your wages or eligibility to secure more benefits, the Department will consider it as overpayment through fraud. If found guilty, you will have to pay a penalty of 25% of overpayment for the first claim, 50% of the overpayment for the second, and 100% of the overpayment for the third claim. You will also be disqualified from receiving benefits and may face criminal charges.

Benefits Extension

Generally, Indiana Workforce Development provides benefits for up to 26 weeks. But if the state’s unemployment rate is too high, it may provide extended benefits. Visit Workforce Development to know more about the extended benefits.

Job Training Assistance

The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program and the WorkOne Center/American Job Center (AJC) offer a wide variety of services to assist job seekers like you with the job search process. Some of the services that TAA offers include:

  • Individual Career Counseling
  • Individual Employment Plans (IEP)
  • Short-term Pre-vocational Services
  • Financial Aid Information
  • Comprehensive Assessments
  • Information on Available Training Providers/Programs
  • Supportive Service Information
  • Employment Statistics Information (Local Labor Market Trends)

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Indiana Phone Numbers

Find the below-listed phone numbers of unemployment offices in Indiana:

Indiana Unemployment Office Numbers

Claims Center 1-800-891-6499
Unemployment appeals (317) 233-6888
Unemployment fraud hotline 1-800-891-6499

Locate your nearest unemployment office



Frequently Asked Question

Q. When will I receive my first payment?
You will receive your first payment within 3 weeks, provided there are no issues in your application or eligibility. If there is an issue, the Department will contact you and collect more information. In such cases, the payment may be delayed.
Q. Will the Department deduct money from my benefits if I owe child support payments?
Yes, the Department will deduct money from your weekly benefits if you owe child support payments. Up to 50% of your benefits will be deducted if you owe past-due child support, current child support, or both, and you have a Title IV-D child support case, and applied towards your support payment and any arrears you owe.
Q. Will the Department collect overpayment if I have appealed?
No. Overpayment collections remain paused until a decision is issued. The Department will begin the collections again if you still have an overpayment after the appeal is over.
Q. I can't repay the overpayment at once. What can I do?
You can set up a repayment plan if you cannot repay the overpayment at once. Contact the DWD Benefit Collections Unit at 1-800-262-6949 to know whether you qualify for a repayment agreement.

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 -https://www.in.gov/dwd/2362.htm 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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