To claim weekly benefits for New York State unemployment, file either online or by phone. The claim should be filed within the first week of being separated from employment.
As of December of 2014, to file online, log in to the New York State Department of Labor's unemployment insurance site between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday, anytime Saturday, or before 7:30 p.m. Sunday, then follow instructions to file a claim.
To file by phone, call the telephone claim center's toll free number, which is published on the state Department of Labor's website, during office hours. The office hours are in the Eastern time zone, and the list of items needed to file is also published on the NYS-DOL website.