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Are you physically able to work?


Are you willing to actively look for a job?


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Did your employer pay unemployment taxes ("Covered Employment")?


Did you earn at least $ 4108 in the base period in

Base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. If you are filing today, base period is Jan 2017 - Mar 2017 to Oct 2017 - Dec 2017


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How did you lose your job?

Quit Fired Laid Off

Did you quit your last job due to unsafe working conditions, not being paid, discrimination and / or health and safety risks?


Were you fired for no fault of your own?


Were you laid off for no fault of your own?


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CALL: (402) 458-2500 to file an Unemployment Compensation Claim (Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time).

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State Name: Nebraska

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Disclaimer: The estimates are given in good faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for loss or damage caused by the tools on our website.

    State: Nebraska (NE)
    Phone Number: (402) 458-2500 to file an Unemployment Compensation Claim (Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time).
    File Online:
    Major Towns: Bellevue, Columbus, Fremont, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, La Vista, Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, Papillion, and Scottsbluff

    Current Unemploymnet Rate in Nebraska

    Nebraska Unemployment Questions

    What Do I Need To File A Claim?
    Claiming Weekly Benefits will be much easier if you take time to prepare.
    1. Have paper and pencil handy to write down information that you may need if instructed to contact the Claims Center.
    2. Be sure you have your Social Security Number and know your Personal Identification Number (PIN). The PIN is what was set when you filed your initial claim. If you forget your PIN or think someone knows it, call or go online to reset it.
    3. Be prepared to enter your bank routing number and account number if you will be selecting Direct Deposit as your method of payment rather than a Debit Card.
    4. If you worked during the week you are going to claim, be sure that you know the GROSS amount you earned during the week. This is how much you earned before any deductions. Gross wagesmust be reported when earned, notwhen paid. This is very importantas benefits paid will now be basedon actual gross earnings. Incorrectreporting may result in overpayment or underpayments.

    How Do I Continue Claiming Weekly Benefits?
    Once you are prepared to file your cliam, go to and click on Unemployment Insurance. Call 402.458.2500. If you do not have internet access, the telephone will prompt you to enter your information and assist you in completing the process. If you get disconnected or hang up before you are told your claim has been accepted and you hear “Goodbye,” you will need to call and file again. Internet filers will know the claim has been completed upon receipt of a confirmation number.

    When Can I Expect My First Payment?
    If there are no issues on your claim that may disqualify you, and you have filed at least two weekly claims, you can normally expect your first payment by the third Wednesday after you filed your claim.

    What To Do If I Disagree With My Weekly Benefit Amount?
    Once the processing of your claim is complete, you will be sent a Notice of Monetary Determination. This will show the maximum amount of benefits payable and your WBA. It will also show the wage amounts used to determine this figure. Notify the Claims Center if you think these amounts are incorrect. You may file a Notice of Appeal.

    What Do I Do If I File a Late Claim?
    It is important to file your weekly claim on time. You may file online or by calling 402.458.2500. If unable to complete your claim on Sunday or Monday, you must file by Friday or your claim may be denied. This will apply to the week the claim was late and all intervening weeks prior to the date you filed late. Should this occur, contact the Claims Center to re-establish your claim.

    What If I Have A Change of Address?
    Notify the Claims Center of any address changes via Internet or by calling during business hours.

    What If I Want To Change My Payment Option?
    You may do so online at NebraskaWorkforce. com or by calling 402.458.2500 and selecting Option 6.

    How Long Can I Claim?
    There is a maximum of 26 times your weekly benefit amount is payable within your Claim Benefit Year, which is a fifty-two week period from when you file your claim. There may be less than twenty-six weeks payable if you receive a disqualification reducing your total unemployment benefit amount.

Questions & Answers

  1. ORLANDO BERRY says:


  2. Mary Peters says:

    I work for a school in Nebraska. I only get paid for the hours I work. Obviously I don’t work or get paid during the summer. Can I get unemployment benefits for the time I don’t work during the summer?

    • Martin says:

      Seasonal jobs such as working in schools does not generally qualify due to the obvious nature of work.

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

  3. Michael Cameron says:

    If someone who is currently qualified for and is receiving unemployment benefits in Nebraska becomes elligible for Social Security, will drawing SS effect the unemployment benefit amount or elligibility?

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Michael,

      You will have to mention your SS earnings during your weekly claims process. This amount might be deducted from your weekly benefit amount. You can continue to receive both the benefits together.

  4. Michelle Bialas says:

    My daughter currently lost her job because the company she was working for was sold to another buyer/company. She reapplied but was not chosen to go back to work. Can she file for unemployment after only working November 2012-January 2013? She had been living and working in Colorado for a couple years before she moved to Nebraska so she has a work history there.

    Please advise…

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