New York Unemployment Phone Number

Call our Telephone Claim Center, toll-free during business hours to file a claim (8 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday)

  • 1-888-209-8124 (for New York State residents)
  • 1-877-358-5306 (for out-of-state residents)

In case you file by phone, the unemployment department offers translation services. Use your phone keypad to enter the number for the language you want. A voice recording will offer you the following choices:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Russian
  • Cantonese
  • Mandarin
  • Creole
  • All other languages

  1. I have applied for unemployment months ago and calling to find out the status of my claim, after all my options I get sent straight to voice mail, it there something wrong with the answering service

    • Alex,

      I can understand your situation. There will be a delay considering the number of applications that are being processed. Please continue chasing the office/check your status online at regular intervals until payments normalize.

  2. Hello i am from nyc and have been working 2 jobs both part time 20hrs each, and 1of my jobs is going out of business they said i should call for unemployment however i do not know if i qualify because i can’t get anyone on the phone

    • Mary,

      You need a summary of payment which is available in 1099-G. Please visit the official website or call the Unemployment Office to know how to get one.

  3. jan 1,17. Applied for unemployment. Rep from unemployment called to verify some info. As of today 2/20/17 have not received any money. Tried calling unemployment office to speak with rep, waste of time, no help.

  4. I have two infants and the dedicated babysitter just suffered a heart attack. She will need a few weeks to recover and i have no one to watch the kids untill then. Daycare costs more than i make. If i leave my job temporarily will i qualify for any assistance.

    • Hello my name is Tiffany I want to let you know I just lost my job today and I was looking to collect unemployment because I have two children that I need to take care of a nine-year-old daughter and a ten-year-old son I lost my youngest and a house fire but I would like you to know I am great with children wonderful mother and if you’re looking for a babysitter please I would be very interested I love kids and homework arts and crafts and all that will be done as well just like I would do it my own I was just applying for babysitting jobs right to work at the college in Sullivan County please I would appreciate it if you could get back to me as soon as possible if you need my help I will be thank you so much I look forward to meeting you if is possible………..Tiff!!!!!! I would give you my phone number over email once we talk sorry this is the web!!!!!!

    • Alex,

      You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons. Unfortunately, personal reasons are not considered.

  5. I had previously filed online for unemployment benefits in 2015, I need to file for benefits starting this week and I can not remember my password and the email that I used to set my account up I no longer have access to. Is there a number that I can reach to get my password reset to file benefits. There is not a local unemployment office in my area and only a careerworks and they stated they were not able to help. I tried to file over the phone and I get put on hold and then the call gets disconnected. Is there any recommendations or contacts out there to help me get my claim filed?

  6. The system has not allowed me to file.. I have been trying for 4 last day of work was 8/11/2106.. I have all kinds of e-mails trying to sign me up for Obamacare and Credit Reports but no reply for an ID-Temp P/W.. I have Login IDs as follows: DKAT 25, DKAT1970, DIMKAT70. I have not been able to get a PW on any of these even though I have been filing or should I say Attempting to File a claim for 3 weeks.. HELP. Phone #’s put me on Hold…For 1/2 hour and then I get disconnected… It’s Frustrating.. PLEASE can someone contact me.PLEASE.. thank You…

    • I can understand your frustration. This is a private forum and we do not have access to your claim.

      Please see if you can visit the nearest Unemployment Office in your area.

    • Please call the claims center/customer service of the labor dept. in your state for further information. We’re not a govt. agency.

    • Please contact the claims center of the labor dept in your state for status.

      (888) 209-8124 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

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