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New York Unemployment Application

Claims for Unemployment Insurance must be filed at the earliest post losing your job. All claimants are expected to serve a waiting period of one week before you start receiving benefit checks. If you delay filing for UI, you will face unnecessary delays in receiving benefit checks.

Filing for UI 

UI claims can be filed either via post, telephone or the Internet.

Filing online is considered to be the fastest and easiest way to claim. To file claims online, visit DOL website and sign in with your NY.GOV id and follow the instructions provided on the site. Following are the timings for filing UI claims.

For filing claims online –

  • 7:30 am to 7:30 pm – Monday through Thursday
  • 7:30 am to 5:00 pm – Fridays
  • 12:01 am Saturday to 7:00 pm Sunday – Weekends

Timing for claiming benefits

  • Saturday/Sunday – 12:01 am to midnight
  • Monday to friday – 07:30 am to midnight

Filing through the telephone is the next available option. To file claims via phone, call the following toll free numbers during 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday.

  • 1-888-209-8124 (For NY residents)
  • 1-877-358-5306 (For claimants from other states)

Before you file for UI, keep the following information ready –

  • Social security number (SSN)
  • Personal identification number (PIN)
  • Full name, mailing address and contact numbers
  • Employment history during base period which includes
  • Names, addresses and phone numbers of all employers of base period jobs
  • Dates of joining and relieving of all base period jobs
  • Copies of SF 8 and SF 50 if you are an ex- Federal Govt. employee
  • Alien registration number if you are not a citizen of U.S.
  • Most recent separation form, DD 214, if you are ex-Military personnel

Filing you claims without complete information may delay your benefit checks unnecessarily. If you are opting to have the amount credited to your account, you may have to attach a check to your application. Also, if you are filing for UI from NY for the first time, you may have to create a PIN.

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Questions & Answers

  1. Miss says:

    Can I claim unemployment benefits if I am a 2015 master graduate and I never work in US? Currently searching for a NYC job

    • Sam says:


      To be eligible for UI, the claimant is required to have active employment earnings in the last 4-5 calendar quarters. Please contact the Unemployment Office.

  2. Russell P. Monin says:

    I want to claim benefits and am having a hard time. Can you help me?

  3. Allison Lawless says:

    I have been out of work for nearly four years due to a work related injury. I believe my case is soon to be closed. I am worried that I will not be able to find employment right away and may be facing a period of not having any income. If my workers compensation benefits end before I have found employment can I be eligible for unemployment?

    • Sam says:

      The basic rule to claim Unemployment Insurance benefits is active employment in the last 4-5 calendar quarters which you don’t seem to have.

      You will not qualify under this scheme. Please call the Unemployment Office for further details.

  4. Jude t kilichowski says:

    I got fired

  5. William H.P Holubjr says:

    as of 1/15/17 at 4:45pm i was laid off do to lack of work.

  6. Adam Parsons says:

    I log for Future Forestry and due to weather conditions am unable to get 40 hours plus like I have been getting for the past almost 8 months. Can I file for unemployment?

    • Martin says:

      I am not sure if you’re eligible under such conditions. Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further details and apply accordingly.

  7. Craig benkoski says:

    I can’t log in to view my claim and keep getting disconnected when I call.
    I need a copy of my denial letter how do I get this?

  8. jerome lawrence says:

    i would like to apply for unemployment

  9. guy says:

    Will I create a problem if I have a new obtained real estate license before filing for unemployment, or if I get a new licence while on unemployment benefits, I have not earned any money from real estate ??

  10. mike says:

    When does the benefit week start? does it run sun-sat or mon-sun.

  11. Oseh Tarawally says:

    How to apply on line?

  12. joe says:

    I filed for unemployment in ny I had enough time required after waiting 4 weeks they told me I had made too much the last week that I have to refile. so do i go back to the same date i got laid off?i am confused.

  13. melissa labbe says:

    how do I apply for unemployment

  14. melissa labbe says:

    I need to apply for unemployement

  15. Michelle Weller says:

    Can i still apply doe unemployment

  16. Michelle Weller says:

    I would like to apply for unemployment!

  17. Admilson says:

    I was hired on 7/2012 as a part timer. Part timer do about 18 hrs a week, but i was doing 32 to 35 hrs a week for over a year.Am’I eligible for unemployment.

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