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Updated : March 24th, 2023

New York Unemployment Benefits

New York Unemployment Benefits

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) program in NY is handled by the Department of Labor. The department helps those who have recently lost their job for no fault of their own by providing monetary assistance and also by providing various services aimed at improving the competitiveness of the applicants.

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Read more to know about the eligibility factor, documents required, methods to apply and all the other information needed to file for unemployment benefits.

Eligibility For NY Unemployment Benefits

Eligibility for unemployment benefits in NY depends on the applicant’s monetary earnings during the base period and reason for job separation in the state of New York. The applicants are also expected to maintain eligibility during the benefit period.

Monetary Eligibility

Applicants are expected to meet certain monetary criteria set by the New York State Department of Labor. To understand the set criteria well, it is important to know some important concepts as defined by the New York State.

Base Period: In New York, the base period represents one year of work and wages earned by the claimants.

Calendar Quarters: Calendar quarters are a three-month block of time. A base period will consist of four calendar quarters.

Basic Base Period: This is the first four of the last five calendar quarters.

Alternative Base Period: This is the last four completed calendar quarters before the quarter in which you apply for NY unemployment benefits.

The applicants must qualify for the following monetary qualifications set by the state of New York:

  • Must have worked and received wages for jobs that are covered by unemployment insurance in a minimum of two calendar quarters of the base year
  • Must have received at least $2,200 in his or her single highest earning quarter
  • Total wages received in the base period must be 1.5 times more than the wages earned in the highest earning quarter. For example: If the applicant’s highest quarter wage is $5,000, he or she must then have received a minimum of (5,000*1.5) $7,500 in wages in all the four quarters combined. An exception to this rule could be if the wages in his or her highest earning quarter is equal to or over $9,900, in which case, he or she will need at least half of the highest quarter wage (i.e. $4,950) in the remaining three quarters

If the applicant does not qualify through the basic base period calculation, the Department of Labor will use the alternative base period calculation.

Alternatively, if the applicant qualifies through the base period calculation but believes that he or she may earn more through the alternative base period, the applicant could approach the department with the request to recalculate the benefit rate.

Learn more about eligibility requirements

Job Separation

The reason for the job separation from the previous organization is an important criterion that can affect unemployment eligibility in NY. There are certain conditions regarding the reasons for job separation that the applicant must meet to gain eligibility for unemployment benefits in NY, they are:

  • The applicant lost his or her job for no fault of their own
  • The applicant was laid off from work due to lack of work or his or her employer reduce the hours of work due to a shortage of work
  • The applicant separated from his or her previous organization due to a convincing work-related reason, which must be accepted by the New York State Department of Labor
  • The applicant was not involved in any unethical or illegal activities in the previous organization, leading to the ‘misconduct of the applicant’

The Department of Labor will connect with the applicant’s previous employer to verify the reasons given by the applicant. The applicant will not gain eligibility if the reason for job separation explained by the employer is not the same as the reason given by the applicant.

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Maintaining Eligibility

The applicants have to maintain their eligibility throughout the benefit period even after becoming eligible for benefits. The Department of Labor has set conditions for the applicants, which is needed to be followed by them throughout the benefit period, such as:

  • The applicant must be mentally and physically capable of working
  • The applicant must be available and prepared to take up work throughout the benefit period at any given point
  • The applicant must be actively looking to get work throughout the benefit period
  • The applicant must maintain an online or written Work Search Record and submit it each week to the Department of Labor throughout the benefit period

Learn about job search requirements

How To Apply For UI Benefits In NY?

The applicant would require the following documents to file a claim for unemployment benefits in NY:

The applicant can file for benefits afresh or reopen a claim using the following modes of communication in the New York State:


Applicants in the state of New York can apply for benefits on the Department of Labor’s website. One can file a claim and access other services on the website during the following hours:

  • Monday to Thursday – 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM
  • Friday – 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Weekends – From 12:01 AM Saturday through 7:30 PM Sunday

The applicant will need an ID and password to create the online account. If he or she does not have the required ID and password, he or she must follow the instructions mentioned in the website to create an account. If one faces issues in creating the account, he or she can contact the helpline at (800) 833-3000 from Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM to find a resolution.


New York state’s Tel-Service can also be used to file weekly benefit claims. Dial (888) 581-5812 to reach Tel-Service, and in case if the applicant suffers from hearing impairment, TTY/TDD line can be reached at (877) 205-3119.

The applicant needs to create a PIN while filing his or her first claim, as it will be a mandatory requirement needed while filing the subsequent claims. Also, the applicant should not share this PIN with anyone including the family and friends.

Video Relay

The applicant could also contact the Department of Labor through a Video Relay System to file NY unemployment claims. The applicant could also contact the relay operator and request to connect to (888) 783-1370.

How To File Weekly Claims

The applicant must file the claim within a week of losing the job, as delaying in filing would cost  benefits. You will have to serve an unpaid “waiting period” in the first week of losing the job.

The applicant can file for weekly unemployment benefits in NY through the website or through Tel-Service, but he or she should keep all the required job-search documents in place while filing for weekly benefits, including ID and password and Tel-Service PIN.

Learn how to claim weekly benefits

Things To Know After Filing An Application

How Do I Get Paid?

You can receive New York Unemployment payments through either direct deposit to your bank account or a government-issued debit card. The debit card, offered through KeyBank, is by far the easiest and quickest way to access your unemployment benefits. You can use the debit card to make purchases in-store or online, withdraw cash at ATMs, or visit a MasterCard affiliated bank to withdraw from the account.

About three weeks after you submit your initial application for unemployment benefits, you should receive your debit card in the mail. Be careful not to throw it away – it will come in a plain white envelope for security reasons, and you could easily mistake it for junk mail. Follow the instructions that come with the card to activate it to begin using your funds.

After your first deposit of benefits, you can expect to receive future payments within two to three business days after you file your weekly claim. You can sign up for text alerts to keep updated on changes to your account like deposits, low balance, or declined transactions.

Use the debit card at over 46,000 KeyBank or First Niagara ATM locations or any Allpoint ATM with no transaction fee. If used outside of the KeyBank, First Niagara, Allpoint network, transaction fees, and surcharges may apply. The transaction fees for out-of-network ATM withdrawals within the U.S. are $1.50 each and $3.00 each internationally. You may be charged a surcharge from the owner of the ATM, and these amounts can vary according to the different owning financial institutions.

You don’t need to carry cash because the card is valid anywhere MasterCard is accepted. Using a debit card to receive benefits is more convenient and safer than receiving benefits through direct deposit. If your card is stolen or lost, it’s essential to report it missing immediately. You’ll receive a new card within 7-10 business days, with an option to pay $15 to receive it overnight. One replacement card is authorized per year, and any more than that will cost you $5 each.

You can also withdraw cash from a MasterCard affiliated bank. And while the bank teller can process the transaction, they can’t see your account balance, so you’ll need to tell them the exact amount you’d like to take out. You can also get cash back when shopping at grocery stores and other retail stores.

The responsibility of the applicant does not end with filing for unemployment insurance. The applicants must know the following topics to get through the benefit period with limited hurdles:

Overpayment And Fraud

As per the Department of Labor, overpayment occurs in NY when the applicant claims unemployment benefits which he or she is not entitled to. The responsibility lies on the claimants to make sure that they pay back any excessive amount received. In the event, if claimant receives an overpayment, he or she must immediately bring it to the notice of the concerned department.

A claimant may receive overpayment for a variety of reasons, such as – made a mistake while claiming weekly benefits, was not able or available for work, did not complete the required weekly activities related work search, or knowingly or unknowingly provided false or misleading information to attract a higher monetary benefit amount or extend the benefit period.

If one receives an overpayment, the Department of Labor will send a written Notice of Determination in the mail. The notice will indicate the amount of the overpayment and notify the claimant by when the amount must be repaid.

Once the claimant receives the Notice of Determination, he or she is expected to follow the instructions as given in the notice. If the claimant does not agree with the overpayment determination, he or she has the right to ask for a hearing.

Fraud/ Willful Misrepresentation

If claimant is found to have knowingly made a false or misleading statement to claim unemployment benefits, it will be considered as a willful misrepresentation made by the claimant.

In the state of New York, willful misrepresentation is considered as fraud, and the claimant will be subjected to the following penalties:

  • Will be required to pay back the entire overpayment amount
  • Will be assessed for ‘forfeit days’
  • Will be charged monetary penalty of $100 or 15% of the overpaid amount (whichever is higher)

If the claimant fails to repay the overpayment amount, the Department of Labor may take legal action against you. A judgment against the claimant will hurt his or her credit score and can make getting a loan, getting a job or renting a house difficult in the future.

Also, the state of New York also has the ‘right to offset’, which means that if the claimant fails to pay back the overpayment amount, the Department of Labor can seize any amount the state owes the claimant. This includes IRS tax refunds, future unemployment benefits, and any other federal payments.

New York Unemployment Appeals

If you receive an unfavorable decision regarding your New York unemployment benefits claim, you have the right to appeal the decision. New York offers several different options for requesting an appeal – you may submit your request online, by phone, in person, by mail, or by fax. Just be aware that you have 30 days from the date of your determination to make your appeal request.

Once your appeal has been received, you’ll participate in an appeals hearing, which is your opportunity to present your case in front of an administrative law judge. If your former employer has an issue with the determination of your claim, they may appeal as well. If you disagree with the judge’s decision, you also have the chance to submit a second appeal, as long as you do so within 20 days of your second notification.

Are NY Unemployment Benefits Taxable?

New York unemployment insurance benefits are considered taxable income and will need to be represented in your state and federal tax returns. All New York residents who claim unemployment insurance benefits will receive a form 1099-G for use in filing their taxes – these forms generally are mailed in January of each year. You also may access your 1099-G form through your online account at The form should be available to download and print by mid-January each year. If you don’t receive your 1099-G form by mail and you don’t have Internet access, you also may call 1-888-209-8124 to request that your 1099-G be mailed to you. This form must be included as part of your yearly tax return, so make sure you follow up if you do not receive one by mail.

The 1099-G form outlines the total amount of compensation you received in unemployment benefits from the New York State Department of Labor for the previous year, along with any adjustments or withholdings. Your 1099-G also will provide a detailed listing of any cash payments you submitted to pay back an overpayment of benefits, plus any income tax refunds that were used to repay any overpayment of benefits.

In addition to money received through New York’s unemployment insurance program, your 1099-G form will list any extended benefits you received under any of the following programs in New York: Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), Extended Benefits (EB) and Lost Wages Assistance (LWA).

Each person’s tax liability is unique, so it’s wise to seek guidance from the IRS if you have any questions about your 1099-G form or any other aspect of your taxes.

Job Training Assistance

The Department of Labor provides a range of programs to the claimants of unemployment benefits in NY to help them find a successful career.

the claimant will be able to apply for higher education or other job-related training programs while collecting unemployment benefits if the claimant gets accepted for the 599 Program NY. The training programs must meet certain eligibility criteria to be approved. Once approved, claimants may become eligible for an extra 26 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits.

The claimant must apply for the 599 Program within the first 13 weeks of the benefit period. Delay in notifying the department will render him or her ineligible for the NY 599 programs.

The claimant may also register for the New York State Registered Apprenticeship Program to find assistance in finding jobs. In the program, he or she will get on-the-job training under the guidance of experienced workers in the concerned industries.

If the claimant loses his or her job due to international trade, he or she will be eligible for the federal program Trade Adjustment Assessment (TAA). The program will provide services in paid training, job seeking assistance, transportation, and subsistence payments, job search allowances, relocation allowances and other job-search related services.

Find job training opportunities in NY

New York unemployment contact information

If you have questions about your claim for Kentucky UI benefits, or require assistance with filing, you call the unemployment claims center.

For help with finding a new job, including resume writing help and training programs, visit your local American Jobs Center.

More New York Benefits

In addition to unemployment benefits, residents may be eligible for New York disability benefits. Those who cannot work due to a chronic medical condition may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI). Both programs are federally funded, but the state administers them. If you are disabled and unable to work, you can apply over the phone, in person at your local Social Security office, or online at

If you receive SSI benefits, you may receive New York Medicaid. Medicaid helps with medical costs for low-income residents with certain medical conditions, disabilities, or seniors. Eligibility is dependent on income limits. You may be responsible for paying copayments which vary depending on services rendered. The good news is your responsible portion of copayments is capped at $200 per year.

New York Veterans have a variety of benefits available to them, including health care, disability, education and employment, housing, and more. New York Veterans benefits are provided through a combination of state and federal programs. Your best bet is to visit the New York State Division of Veterans’ Services (DVS) for guidance in navigating the benefits best suited for you.

Frequently Asked Question

Q. If I have a claim with another state, how do I register with NYS?
If you had filed for UI in another state, and later moved to New York State, the state where you first claimed for benefits may require you to register with New York State.
To register with New York, you must contact the Telephone Claim Center. As you navigate through the options provided by the IVRS, towards the end you will get to choose the option whereby the system will transfer you to a person who will process the Initial Interstate Claim for you.
Q. What if I lost my job due to a strike?
If you lose your employment due to a labor dispute such as a strike, or other industrial controversies in the company where you are employed, you will not be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits for 49 days. Note that this will not be applied in the case of lockouts.
You may be eligible sooner if, despite the end of the labor dispute, you remain unemployed. or If your employer hires permanent replacement workers after the dispute.
Q. Can I appeal the overpayment determination?
If you disagree with the overpayment determination, you have the right to submit a petition for a hearing. The hearing will be conducted by an impartial judge who is employed by the Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board.
If you are present at the hearing and lose all or part of the case, you may file an appeal to the Appeal Board.
If the Appeal Board does not rule in your favor, you have 30 days from the date of the Appeal Board's decision to apply to the Appeal Board for a reconsideration of the decision or appeal to the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court, Third Department.
Q. What is a forfeit day penalty?
A forfeit day (or days) are days in the future for which you cannot receive Unemployment Insurance benefits. Forfeit days are assessed if you willfully made a false statement or representation to get benefits.

A forfeit day penalty can be for one day or for several days. For every forfeit day that is assessed, you lose 25% of your benefits for that week. If you have four forfeit days, you would receive no benefits for that week. This is because there is a maximum of four effective days of benefits in a week. If you have more than four forfeit days, the additional forfeit days are carried over to the following week
Q. How can I find out the balance of my debt?
To view the balance of your debt:
  • Sign in to your account at
  • On the My Online Services page, select “Unemployment Services”
  • Select “View Payment History”
If you have any remaining debt, it will be listed near the top of the page.
Q. What is a Work Search Record?
You must maintain an online or written Work Search Record for each week you claim benefits and be prepared to give a copy of that record to the Department of Labor if they ask for it.
The work search record should contain dates, names, addresses (mail, email, or web address) and telephone numbers of all the employers contacted. Names and/or job titles of specific people contacted, contact methods used, position or job title applied for or a description of other work search efforts (attending job fairs or workshops, etc.).
Q. Can I file a claim if I lost my full-time work, but still work part-time?
Yes, if you work less than four days a week and earn $450 or less, you may receive partial benefits. When you file your UI claim:
  • You will be asked to enter the date of your last day worked. Enter the last day you physically reported to work, regardless of whether this was your part-time or full-time work.
  • You will also be asked to enter information about your last or most recent employer. The last or most recent employer is where you most recently reported to work, regardless of whether this was your part-time or full-time employment. If it was your part-time employer, and you will continue to work part-time, enter "lack of work" as the reason for separation.
Q. What if I want to start my own business?
Tell the Telephone Claim Center before you take any steps to start a business. Unless you are part of the Self Employment Assistance Program (SEAP), these activities may result in the loss of unemployment insurance benefits. See more information on SEAP.
The Department of Labor considers you employed if you operate or start a business:
  • By yourself
  • With a partner or
  • In a corporate arrangement
If you spend time during the day or evening or on weekends getting ready to start or actually operating a business, we may consider that as work. It does not matter if you have not made any sales or received any compensation.

Questions & Answers

  1. How long can I wait to claim Unemployment Benefits in New York State.

    I lost my job Dec 1st and have been UNABLE to verify myself with the new verification requirement.

    I have all the documents except my pay-stub does not show my SS#, instead it is shown as XXX-XX-XXXX.

    I have no other documents to upload that are suggested otherwise.

    I will NOT have my W-2 form until January or February of 2022. In the meantime I am UNABLE to file a claim with New York State Department of Labor.

    1. How Long can I wait to file a new claim as it is going to take months for me to satisfy the website with my future W-2 form?

    2. Will New York State Department of Labor retroactively pay my weeks and weeks of unemployment when I finally am verified and a claim is made?

    3. How can I solve this problem in the meantime with it seems to be working against me as I’ve claimed in recent years without any problem?

    • David,

      Your claim file seems to be complex. Please consider the option of visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible (you might be required to book an appointment prior to the website).

  2. I was furloughed due to the pandemic. I applied and received unemployment. Six months later I was released from the job completely but I’m still receiving unemployment. I’m 71 yrs old and if I apply for my pension will I lose my unemployment I’m on UC in New York

  3. If I am receiving NY unemeployment, actively looking for a job. I recevied a job offer from a job and company that I do not like. Can I turn down the offer and still receive unemployment until I find what I like?

  4. I work as a part time teacher at a private school in the state of New York. There is the talk of lay off’s, with part time employees being the first to go. With this pandemic going on, is it possibly for part time employees to receive benefits in the state of New York? If so, how would this work?

  5. I was working for an attorney in NY for almost 40 years (I am 70 years of age) however he recently closed his office and I applied for unemployment benefits which I was entitled to. However I was accepted for part-time receptionist/clerk at a chiropractor in NJ – I worked for 4 hours one day and decided it was not for me and did not return to work. I called the office and left a message that the job was not what I was looking for and thanked him. I informed NY unemployment of my 4 hour work day and that I did not continue to be employed by him. They stopped my benefits. Don’t I have a right to accept or decline employment for a job? This job included cleaning office equipment; billing; bookkeeping; scheduling appointments; answering phones, among other clerical work – I was on my feet for 4 hours running all over the office as he has an enormous practice – I was totally drained after 4 hours working there and he wanted me to work various hours and days – this job was not what I wanted and now I have a hearing as to whether or not I can start collecting unemployment benefits. Do you think I have a chance of getting my benefits back. Thank you

    • Donna,

      Your eligibility depends on multiple factors, the first being if your employer paid UI taxes into the system. I suggest you call the Unemployment Office and talk to a representative for clarification.

      • i was collecting NY unemployment benefits not NJ – the NY attorney had no problem with me collecting these benefits since he closed his practice and I paid into unemployment – I was technically never on the books with the chiropractor since I only worked there 4 hours in one day – he sent me a check for the 4 hours I worked – New York is telling me since I quit this job without a good reason they stopped my benefits – I feel the job at the chiropractor was not what I was looking for since it involved a lot more then just a receptionist job – dont I have the right to decline or accept a position – my problem is with NY – what are your thoughts on this and do you think I will be able to get my benefits back – I have a telephone hearing scheduled for October 9th –

  6. I am eligible and scheduled to start unemployment claims as of June 2019, but learned my parent has cancer and I now am helping get through surgery and treatment. (due to no work, my family is counting on me to assist our elder parent) During this, I am unable to look for work and be ready to commit time to new job…. which in turn stops me from filing claims for NYS unemployment. Can I seek dispensation at this time and resume applying for for my unemployment benefits when my parent is safely on to therapy and treatment? I have medical proof and hospital documentation to justify the time frame I am speaking of. If I resume my job search at the end of September, can I start applying for the benefits? Please respond as I have not been able to speak with a person in the unemployment office directly about this particular type of situation.

    • Mary,

      Unfortunately, personal reasons are not generally considered. UI benefits are only extended to claimants who fulfill all the required obligations including reporting weekly job searches. Since you’re not able to contact the office by phone, please consider the option of visiting an office in the vicinity.

  7. I am working in RI and my last work day is 11/2/2018. Been with the company for over 18 years. I moved to RI because of work and I now want to move back to NY because I don’t have any employment. My question is, am I going to be allowed to apply for unemployment in NY even though I have been working in RI

    • Dan,

      Ideally, you should be applying from the state where your previous employment was based. Please call the Unemployment Office in RI for clarification.

  8. My employer was taken over by a larger corporation. I am a remote employer living in WI and the new company has said that in order to keep my job, I would have to move back to NYC. If I don’t I will be released from my position. I am told that I may get a severance and bonus. Would I be able to draw NY unemployment even though I am in another state? What are the rules regarding my severance and bonus, will it disqualify me?

    • Alex,

      You can file for UI benefits from the state where your employment was based. Please wait until the severance payout ends. You can apply towards the end of it.

  9. I have been employed by the same medical doctors office for eleven years. We got a new COO within the last year and she has been reducing my benefits to the point last week she said effective July 16th I will now be making $7.50 per hour less than what my hourly wage is now. This is less than what they hired me at eleven years ago. I am not accepting this and have told them that. They tell me I will not be able to get unemployment because I quit. They even put it in writing it had nothing to do with my job performance. I don’t see how I would be denied benefits for a pay wage I would not have accepted eleven years ago.

  10. Trying to get back to work after an injury. I was told I need a work release from my Dr. I have been told they don’t write a release. Can I get my application for unemployment processed?

    • You will not be eligible to receive unemployment since the injury/surgery puts you off work for some time. If the injury was work related, please explore workers compensation scheme.

  11. I work for the United States Postal Service and am out on a disability. The USPS does not have disability insurance. Can I claim un-employment insurance.

    • The benefits under the Unemployment Insurance program is only extended to those who lose their job due to involuntary reasons.

  12. I have been out of work for just over 2 years now due to an on the job injury. The company I worked for put me on a temporary layoff till my injury is better and unemployment rep said once workers comp is done I would qualify don’t matter the time. Talked to a rep last week and now it has to go through Albany before there is a decision!!! Why is this? Does anyone have a real answer?

    • It can be for multiple reasons. The best person to advise you in this matter is the authority themselves.

      Please call the phone numbers provided for details.

  13. I received your response to my question dealing with getting a 1099 for my unemployment.
    I originally opened my unemployment account over the phone since I do not have a computer at home.
    You supplied me with the link where I can obtain my 1099, however when I go to that link it will not allow me to open it up or do anything with is, it just turns the space a light blue, can you give me any other advice on how to obtain my 1099.
    Back in January I attempted to contact a person at the unemployment and I was unable to connect with anyone. Time is getting short on filing taxes.


    • Some of the unemployment agencies also send 1099 by mail to the claimants.

      Please speak to the Claims Center and ask for alternate ways to get this document.

  14. I was on unemployment for 1 or 2 weeks in 2016 both having holiday’s so my unemployment benefits were reduced and I have not received a 1099 was I supposed to get one or was the amount I received negligible so they did not send one out?

  15. I was terminated last week in a downsizing. The Company will give me severance pay equivalent to several weeks of regular pay. Should I file now and then start reporting if I still don’t have another job when the severance pay runs out or should I wait to file until the severance pay is gone.

    • Please wait until the severance payout ends. You can apply for UI benefits towards the end of it if you haven’t found a job.

  16. I have been working a temp job for 7 plus years and the possibility of being hired on as a permanent employee is not going to happen. If I quit because of this, am I able to collect unemployment until I find a suitable job?

    • Temporary jobs are generally not eligible since employers do not pay Unemployment Taxes to the government. Plus, if you quit voluntarily, you will not qualify.

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

  17. I have applied 5 months ago for unemployment in NY and it is still in pending status. I tried calling but I get cut off from a recorded message saying I am in pending status. In the meantime, I have filed weekly. I would like to get answers on my pending status. Who should I go to?

    • Well, it looks like your claim is stuck in the bottleneck. Please visit the nearest Unemployment Office for quick resolution.

      Also, make sure that your contact details including Postal Address are up to date so that correspondence is not missed/delayed.

  18. I opened an unemployment claim last year (2015) and am only get laid off a couple of times a year. I opened my claim over the telephone because I do no have a computer at home and did not want to use the company computer for that.
    I am going to laid off again Memorial day week.
    I read that we can have direct deposit rather than the credit card.
    So the question is, is it too late to have my unemployment check direct deposited if so how would I go about it over the phone.

    Thank You

    • You will be required to revisit the existing claim to ascertain the balance and other information.

      Please call the claims center of the Unemployment Office in your state for further details.

  19. I have been working as a contractor in North Carolina and commuting back and forth to NY where I have my permanent address. My contract will be done soon and I will need to apply for unemployment. Which state do I apply in? New York or North Carolina?

    • Please check with your employer if they remit the relevant taxes on your behalf.Contract workers are generally not eligible.

      If you qualify, please consider applying from the state where your employment was based.

  20. I have been employed for 6 years as a supervisor & recently have a new manager that is always hollering at me , belittling me & trying to make me quit my job . today he said due to me not getting things done fast enough , I am no longer the supervisor & cut my pay by $5.00 hr . do I qualify for unemployment ?

    • You can be eligible if you quit due to hostile work environment.

      Ensure you have supporting documents handy if your employer disputes.

  21. i hear that if i am terminated when i am NOT punched in, that i automatically qualify for unemployment benefits in NY state.
    i was wondering if anybody can confirm this or call bullshit on it for me please, thanks

  22. if my hours are cut from 40 hours per week
    To 20 hours per week, am I able to get unemployment for those 20 hrs?

    • I may accept a job that will only give me 15 to 20 hrs. a week
      at a rate of pay less than what I was getting before unemployment. can I still get unemployment insurance to make up the difference?

      • If the contract says that you will be only working for the designated hours, you may not be eligible.

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

  23. What happens if a person is hospitalized for illness or injury while collecting unemployment benefits?

    • You can file and receive benefits if moved to a different state.

      Please consider filing from the state where you were last employed.

    • Hi Mary,

      There is no reduction of your unemployment benefits because you collect Social Security. You must be available for and looking for work with no restrictions when you receive Social Security, just as all other claimants.

  24. i was out of work since 1/13/2011 due to an injury that is being questioned whether or not it was a previouse aggravation of my workers comp. injury or an off the job new injury.I was in limbo without any financial aid and unable to return to work so i put in for disability retirement and was awarded it with my retirement date 7/21/2012. my question is would i be eligable for claiming the time that i have received no pay .

  25. I left my job in ny and relocated to fl. I have been actively working for the past 8 months and about to lose my position. When filing an ui claim, do I file in fl or ny???

  26. How do I find out if a claim was filed? I never get a live person and everytime I press 0 I get a dial tone and I am trying to find out if my claim for March 25th 2013 thru March 31st 2013 went thru how do I find this out? It has been saying pending for over a week and i need to know if it went thru and if not how do I claim for that week?

  27. I took my unemployement 6 month and than i went out of united states for two years now i want to claim for unemployment again plz send me information obout it

  28. I did not receive a phone number when I filed for my claim. I did receive the confirmation letter. Can you give me the phone number or website where I go to file my claim each week?

  29. Good Morning, I received unemployment for a few weeks in 2012, how can i get the 1099 form on line or will it be mailed to me?

  30. I left my job Sept. 21. 2012 to relocate to Florida. I left Fl in 2007 and a $12.00 job to relocate to NY and took an $8.00 job. I came back to Fl hoping to resume former job or a simular one. No positions available. I have filed and claimed my benefits weekly since Sept. but to no avail. I have not received any benefits yet and I am seeking information as to when and if I will.

  31. I resigned from my position to relocate to another state. I was suppose to arrive in Michigan on the 18th and be available for work the 20th of August. However, I could not leave until a week later and the job I was expecting was no longer available. I am actively seeking employment; I have applied for medical coverage and food stamps.

    Do qualify for for unemployment? If so, where do I apply NY or MI?

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