Unemployment Benefits Guide

Am I Eligible for Unemployment?

Only your local unemployment office can tell you for sure, but in most instances you will be eligible for unemployment benefits if you were laid off by no fault of your own. In most cases, you will not be able to receive unemployment benefits if you: 1. Quit your last job without good reason. 2. Were fired for doing something wrong. 3. Willingly decided to take a leave of absence from the work force.

How Much Does Unemployment Pay?

The exact benefits of unemployment vary from state to state, but a general guideline is that you can expect to receive roughly half of what you were making before you were laid off — up to a certain threshhold. In some states, there is a limit of $400 per week. In others, the maximum is $200 a week.

Where Do I File for Unemployment Benefits?

Many states now allow you to file for unemployment benefits online, but others still require you to physically go into their office. For more details on how and where to file for unemployment benefits, select your state from the list below. You will be able to find what you need on their website.
Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas
California Colorado Connecticut Delaware
D.C. Florida Georgia Hawaii
Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa
Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine
Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota
Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska
Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico
New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio
Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island
South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas
Utah Vermont Virginia Washington
West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming