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Are You Eligible for the Unemployment Program in Your State?

Unemployment can be beneficial for times when you are in between jobs. However, it can sometimes be confusing to find the requirements for eligibility in your state. While the federal government has some broad guidelines for requirements, individual states will have their own requirements as well.

Eligibility for unemployment insurance is usually determined not only by how long you have worked with a company but also how much income you have earned in the previous months. While these general standards are put in place by the federal government, the specific figures may vary from state to state. In many cases, employers will have a “trial period” with employees where their continued employment is not guaranteed. This period is often just under the state requirements to qualify for unemployment insurance.

Additionally, in order to qualify, you had to be employed by a separate company. Self-employed workers do not qualify for unemployment insurance. Some companies may list workers as contracted workers, meaning they are self-employed. If you are wrongly classified, you can appeal at unemployment offices.

When looking for more information on unemployment insurance as a whole, start your search at the United States Department of Labor website. However, to determine your state’s requirements and to file for unemployment, you will need to contact the unemployment office for your state. The contact for each state’s office can be found in alphabetical order on the State Contact page of the U.S. Department of Labor website.

Last Updated: August 15, 2016

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