The requirements for filing for unemployment benefits vary depending on the area in which the individual files, but most states allow for filing online. Individuals can usually file for benefits on the website for the department of labor of the state in which they most recently worked.
As of 2016, states such as California require that a new applicant for unemployment benefits files a paper application with the state department of labor. However, an unemployed individual can file subsequent monthly claims online. If an individual wants to renew benefits after a period of not claiming them, he can also do so online.