How to File For Unemployment and What to Do Next


Filing for unemployment is something no one ever wants to do in their adult life. It’s scary and full of uncertainty. What help will you get? Where do you start? Will it be enough to keep your family supported? How will you find a new job? The first thing to do is to try and stop asking questions. Take things step-by-step. And the first step is filing.

Filing for Unemployment

The rules and requirements for filing for unemployment vary state by state so start by going to your state government’s website to know where to start and what you qualify for. Traditionally, you must have been let go from your job through no fault and you must be actively seeking new work to receive payments. In certain situations, such as the COVID-19 outbreak, states have been allowed to waive those requirements and allow payments to continue.

Do You Qualify for Unemployment?

This also varies state by state. For the most part, freelance and self-employed “gig” workers do not qualify for unemployment filings or benefits. And not all part-time workers always qualify. This is why it’s important to visit your state’s government website to find out what rules apply and if any special circumstances are in place. But, generally, you must have been let go from your job at no fault (not fired for misconduct) and be actively seeking a new job, ready to take any open position. If you’re found ineligible, there is an appeals process.

How Much Can I Expect to Receive?

This depends on how much you were making before you lost your job and what your state’s laws are. Generally, states will replenish you for 40% of your lost wages which ranges in different weekly payments. Some people see about $200 a week, others as much as $550 a week.

What’s Next?

Stay calm and stay focused. One thing you can do to help yourself is to consult with an employment lawyer about your rights and the best way to get what you need to keep your family safe and cared for. Call 877-751-3546 to talk through your rights and needs!


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