Making a claim for unemployment insurance compensation varies somewhat from state to state, but it follows a similar routine that involves applying with the proper state government agency and claiming the insurance for periods of unemployment. In some states such claims are made bimonthly, and in other states, claims are weekly. It takes about 15 minutes to claim insurance for a period by answering questions about the applicant's current job status. This may be done online or through an automated process by phone.Continue Reading
Before beginning the process of claiming period benefits, an application must be submitted to the proper state agency. Information on this application includes recent employment history and the reason for the dismissal from the last job. Applicants continue to claim for each unemployment period after the initial application but do not receive any benefits until the application has been approved.
Unemployment claims are made on a set basis after the application has been approved for the duration of the coverage. If an applicant takes a temporary position, it is reported in the claim, and the compensation is adjusted for that period.
Along with temporary employment, applicants are required by law to report any new full-time employment the moment they accept such positions. Unemployment benefits are no longer available under such conditions.
Congress authorizes extended unemployment benefits in the form of payments to workers who have already received compensation for the maximum number of weeks available in their state. This extension of unemployment compensation is available during periods of high employment in a given state.Full Answer >
The unemployment insurance agency of Michigan does not give extensions for unemployment benefits as of 2015. Extensions for unemployment benefits were available in Michigan through the federally-funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, but this program expired in December 2013.Full Answer >
Unemployed individuals file a bi-weekly claim with their state employment agency, such as the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry or the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. Both of these agencies provide online bi-weekly claim forms, and Pennsylvania also offers phone numbers and other contact information for bi-weekly filers.Full Answer >
Although unemployment reporting varies by state, as of September 2015, most weekly reports for unemployment can be filed online or by telephone. In some instances, such as the first weekly or bi-weekly report, weekly reports can be filed in person at the local unemployment office and by mail or fax.Full Answer >