How Can You File an Unemployment Application Online?


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Filing for unemployment varies from state to state. To file your unemployment application online, locate your state's department of labor or unemployment benefits website. From there, find the page where you can file for unemployment.

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To file your claim, you need to have your mailing address, Social Security number, drivers license number and phone number. Unemployment claims require information from your most recent employer. You need your former employer's name, address, the dates when you were employed, your earnings and your employer's federal ID number. Your employer's federal ID number should appear on your W2 form or on a pay stub.

Generally, an unemployment claim requires information on your employers for the past two years. Other information may be required depending on the state where you are filing.

Not all states offer the option to apply for unemployment online. Your state may require that you mail in a form, file over the phone or visit a state unemployment office.

When filing for unemployment, you can select whether to receive payments via check, debit card or direct deposit. After filing your initial claim, you can begin to file for weekly benefits.

Direct further questions regarding your state's specific requirements to your state unemployment office.

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