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Freelancers may NOT qualify for Unemployment Insurance benefits.

This information is listed but it is very rare for a freelancer to qualify unemployment insurance.

Do NOT apply for your Unemployment Insurance benefits too early.

Make sure your official last day or separation date is today or later before you apply for unemployment insurance benefits. Many larger companies may not officially terminate your employment for 2 weeks or more. If you were not given a written separation date and agreement or are unsure of the separation date, contact your company human resources department to clarify the exact last date of employment.

Apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits on the Internet

Now you can file your Unemployment Insurance claim via the Internet. Fast, easy, and no lines. many states have improved and expanded the internet filing for just about every type of Unemployment Insurance claims.

Make sure you have at least 30-45 minutes of dedicated time to fill out the online application. You will need your social security number and employment information.

There are a couple of rather tricky screens and a couple of questions that may seem odd, but make sure you enter all the information needed until you see a completed screen. When the online application is completed, you will be given a confirmation number and effective date of unemployment. Make sure you print this information or save to your disk drive.

Confirm and Continue Unemployment Insurance benefits

You should receive a letter from the Department that handles your state Unemployment Insurance claims within 10 -14 days to confirm your Internet Unemployment Insurance claim worked. If you do NOT receive a confirmation letter, you MUST go to an office in person to request help with your Unemployment Insurance claim.

To receive Unemployment Insurance payment you are responsible for maintaining your work search records on the forms provided on a weekly basis, for up to 26 weeks. You will be required to produce your work search upon request. Failure to do so may result in denial of Unemployment Insurance benefits. If you go to a local office, be sure to bring your work search record forms with you.

List of State Unemployment Insurance Websites

Alabama Department of Labor

Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Arizona Department of Economic Security

Arkansas Department of Workforce Services

California Employment Development Department

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

Connecticut Department of Labor

Delaware Department of Labor

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Georgia Department of Labor

Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

Idaho Department of Labor

Illinois Department of Employment Security

Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Iowa Workforce Development

Kansas Department of Labor<

Kentucky Career Center

Louisiana Workforce Commission

Maine Department of Labor

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation

Massachusetts Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency

Minnesota Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program

Mississippi Department of Employment Security

Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

Montana Department of Labor and Industy

Nebraska Official Government Website

Nevada Unemployment Insurance

New Hampshire Employment Security

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

New Mexico Department Workforce Solutions

New York Department of Labor

North Carolina Department of Commerce

North Dakota Job Service North Dakota

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Oklahoma Employment Security Commission

Oregon Employment Department

Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training

South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce

South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation

Tennessee State Government Unemployment

Texas Workforce Commission

Utah Department of Workforce Services

Vermont Department of Labor

Virginia Employment Commission

Washington Employment Security Department

Washington, DC Department of Employment Services

West Virginia WorkForce

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

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