New York Unemployment Claims and Benefits

Updated : February 22nd, 2022

Unemployment Insurance is a social welfare program organized by the State Unemployment Agencies. In New York State you are eligible to get Unemployment Compensation if you are unemployed through no faults of yours and are actively looking for a job. The benefits you receive provide you temporary financial assistance until you get another job. Many unemployed people apply for the benefit to compensate their income while they are searching for new job.

As a localite of New York you are expected to follow some steps to become eligible for unemployment benefits. Let us look into them:



Prior to submitting an appeal

It is very important to collect details of all the documents you need to submit while applying for unemployment benefit claim.

  • Addresses and names of your employers for the last 18 months you worked for
  • New York State’s drivers license card or motor vehicle ID Card number
  • Your mailing address
  • Telephone number
  • Your Social Security Number
  • If you are citizen of any other Country then alien registration card number
  • Identification number of Federal Employer (FEIN) which is found on your W2
  • If you want direct deposit then your bank account numbers are also required.

You are entitled to collect the benefit even if you don’t produce all the above stated documents but the process may get delayed.

In order to maintain your eligibility for obtaining the compensation you need to be available for work and actively seek jobs by applying for job opportunities. You may also be requested to present the documents of your job search efforts. You must be ready to accept the suitable job as per your qualification, training and experience.

Filing for unemployment compensation in New York

Filing the Claim

You can file the claim either through the Internet or by telephone.

For online filing visit New York Department of Labor / Employment Website.

You may file via telephone by calling 1-888-209-8124 which is a toll-free number between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday. If you need to file your claim by phone, an automated voice will offer you the choice of filing in English, Spanish, Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Creole, or “all other languages” (translation services will be provided).

Unemployment Compensation

If you are sure that you qualify for unemployment, then you can surely claim for the compensation from the Department of Labor. Once you are eligible for the benefits then you can receive the temporary compensation. In the state of New York, you will be eligible to collect benefits up to a maximum of $ 405, which is actually half of the state’s average weekly wage. The average weekly unemployment benefit for all states is $293. If you are eligible for extended benefits then the weekly benefit amount paid for additional weeks will also be the same as your as your regular compensation.



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  1. My benefits ended Jan. 11, 2020. Will I be eligible for 13 week extension and if so how do I claim in N.J.?

    1. John,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly. Please read more about the situation here https://fileunemployment.org/coronavirus/

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

  2. I have been trying to apply for unemployment,on-line and by phone, for several days. My first attempt was on the day that I was required by last name. I truly understand that there is going to be an extremely large,either by phone or on-line,influs of applicants to complete this process. Following the prompts do not seem to work since I am guided to another section that does not pertain to applying. I am extremely frustrated. I need to complete my unemployment claim. May you please tell me what I need to do?

    1. Edna,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly. Please read more about the situation here https://fileunemployment.org/coronavirus/

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

    1. I am not sure how it works in your state. We suggest you visit the Unemployment Office’s website and learn more about it under the FAQs section.

  3. I am confused, my Illinois unemployment was accepted on March 29th, but I don’t call to certify for benefits until Monday, March 13th. I thought they were waiving the waiting week. Now I have to wait almost 3 weeks for any kind of financial relief? Do I not get the 600 for the care plan? if I do when will that be here? will it be direct deposit? Please help me.

    1. Jennifer,

      Please try finding answers online since there might be limited phone support due to the shortage of staffing. You can use the “Resources” or “FAQs” section of the website.

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