New York Unemployment Application

Claims for New York 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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  1. The website will not let me apply stating that my social security number is invalid which is totally erroneous. There’s no one to talk to about the matter and no consultation is off with whatsoever What am I to do in this situation

    • Henry,

      To qualify, a claimant is required to have active employment and earnings in the last 4-5 calendar quarters. Please use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this website.

  2. I am unemployment for a medical condiccion,in my last job I am working for one year, one month past since I am unable to work , and not beneffit recived. can I clain for unemploymen.

    • Unfortunately, personal reasons such as health conditions are generally not considered. Please call the Unemployment Office.

  3. My last day at my location were I worked was April 27th.Was replaced by a machine.My employer gave me my week vacation I have coming to me but they don’t have another location for me. I was asked to cover vacations of other employees but that won’t start till July. Will I be able to collect unemployment while not working?

    • You seem to be still on the payroll of the company. I am not sure if you qualify under such circumstances. Please contact the Unemployment Office.

  4. I want to apply for unemployement.I started this job 28th Sep 2017.MY LAST WORKING DATE WILL BE 23 MAR 2018.Im living in Brooklyn. Please ADVISE ME FOR THIS MATTAER.

  5. what a difficult time for me I recently used my email address to obtain my 93 year old mothers social security payment 2016 for her tax deduction I am her son and power of attorney now I cannot file for unemployment and user name etc.

    • Guichong,

      A pin is a number used to access the claims system. To get yours, please call the Claims Center at the phone numbers provided.

  6. I would like to know If I can apply for unemployment not because I got fired but because the firm where I work requires to have a valid work permit and mine will expire on the 27 of November, would I be eligible to apply until I have a valid work authorization and under what circumstance would I apply ? Please help me I’m desperate because I will also be having a baby on Dec 19, 2017.

    • Jessica,

      You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons. Please confirm by calling the Unemployment Office in your state.

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

    • Miss,

      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.

  8. 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?

    • 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.

    • If you were laid off due to involuntary reasons, you can apply for Unemployment Benefits until you find employment.

  9. 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?

    • 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.

  10. 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?

  11. 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 ??

  12. 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. 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.


      • Carlos,

        To be eligible, you’re required to have active full-time employment and required earnings during the “Base” period. Since you’re also drawing SS, please call the Unemployment Office to check if you’re eligible.

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