Claiming Unemployment Benefits in 2014

Do you qualify for unemployment?

Did you know that almost half of the Americans that qualify for unemployment benefits don't collect it? Chances are you may be eligible to collect this week if you apply.

First, we'll list a few qualifications for collecting unemployment. Should you meet any of these qualifications, congratulations! You may qualify for state unemployment and should start the application process by clicking here. Here are some basic qualifications:

If you meet any of those requirements, you may qualify for unemployment. In addition, there may be certain scenarios specific to you in which you may qualify for unemployment even though you may not meet all of the criteria. The worst you can do is apply for a claim and be denied - so it may be worth the shot.

Unemployment claims are handled at the state level, and not the federal level. Laws are created at the federal level, but are transacted at the state level. When applying for unemployment you must do so with your official state bureau (which we provide), and you apply in the state you currently live and not where you. Once your application is submitted, you may here an answer back in as little as 3-5 business days.

Regular unemployment benefits are paid for a maximum of 25-30 weeks (average per each state), but most states allow you to file for an extension to extend benefits.

If you think that you qualify for unemployment and want to apply, start by going to the top of this page and entering your Zip code. From there we'll direct you to where you should officially apply, as well as provide additional information that will be important for your claim.

Ready? Are you ready to start your unemployment claim? Simply click here to enter your Zip Code and start the application process today.

Unemployment Application Tips

Here are a few additional tips before your start your application.

To start, you should have the following documents on-hand to prove your identity:

  • social security number
  • driver's license or ID number
  • mailing address
  • phone number
  • name and address of last employer
  • your last employer's federal tax ID number
  • date you started and ended employment
  • how much you earned over that period

It is very important that you use the right language when speaking to a worker at an unemployment office (or over the phone/online). The most important thing is that you do not make it seem like you willingly quit your job, or simply don't work because you don't feel like it. Using some of the following "key words" will help communicate the right message:

  • "laid off"
  • "terminated"
  • "job eliminated"
  • "cutting overhead"
  • "restructuring"
  • "let go"
  • "discharged"
  • "fired"

If your first application for unemployment is denied, it does not mean it's over. You can appeal the decision to your state, and possibly reverse the decision. The steps you have to take for this will be more thorough. You will have to give contact information for your previous employers, and possibly submit more documents. In some cases, you may need a lawyer to help you with this appeal.

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