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Maryland Unemployment Application

Eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits cannot be determined until you actually file an initial claim. If you are unemployed, file your claim as soon as possible, as your eligibility begins the week in which you file your claim. Your claim becomes effective the Sunday of the week during which you apply for benefits.

You can file via the Internet or by telephone using one of the telephone numbers listed on the Unemployment Insurance.

In addition, you must be unemployed through no fault of your own, be able to work, available for work, looking for full-time work (unless defined by Unemployment Insurance as a part-time worker), and willing to accept a job for which you are qualified.

Before filing a claim you will need to have:

  • your name, Social Security number, address and telephone number
  • if you are claiming dependents, you will need their names, birth dates and Social Security numbers
  • the name, complete payroll address, telephone number and reason for separation for each employer you worked for in the 18 months prior to filing your claim

Before applying for unemployment benefits, check the following useful links – 

Check Eligibility
Q&A Section
Calculate Benefits

Questions & Answers

  1. John Schmitt says:

    I filed an initial claim and receipt noticed that I was approved on the 11th of June. I filed my webcert the following Sunday during the day. The FAQ states that I should be have a payment released no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, which will trigger the mailing of the debit card. As of right now there are no payments showing. I’ve been trying to call the claim and information center for 2 days, the phone never even Rings, it just says call back later and hangs up.

    • Sam says:


      I hope you received the payment by now. You can also check the payment status online, by logging in to the official portal.

  2. April Engle says:

    140 west Franklin St #300 Hagerstown MD 21740

  3. Pheebs says:

    I filed my unemployment on the 18th of January, received a mail about my monthly benefit about 3 weeks ago. It’s been about 7 weeks now since I filed and I’m still waiting for my payment to come in the mail. Does it usually take this long or should I give them a call? I missed about a week of weekly filing. What should I do about this, will I be paid for the week?
    Tried to look it up on their website faqs couldn’t really read much about this perse.

    • Sam says:

      Please call immediately to get an update. It should definitely not take so long unless they keep you updated about a possible delay.

  4. herman rawlings says:

    My 26 weeks just ended, how do i file for extension?

  5. Earl Burris says:

    I’m online trying to file for unemployment how do I go about doing this

  6. Carol Mick says:

    Im trying to apply for unemployment.

  7. joy jagger says:

    Reply for unemployment.

  8. michael j. bonnefond jr says:

    not sure how to apply, been a while ?

  9. michael collins says:

    havent applied for unemployment in 25 years not sure how exactly

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