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How do you check your unemployment account?

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Methods for checking your unemployment account vary by state. Contact your state's unemployment agency to learn more about how to check your unemployment account balance.

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Many states, including Michigan, New York and Oregon, offer unemployment account management online. Go to your state's website, and follow the links to the department that handles unemployment benefits, then log in to the online portal using your credentials. If you do not know your credentials or have not set up an account, contact your unemployment department by phone for assistance and further information.

In California, Bank of America handles all Employment Development Department benefit payments. Check your unemployment account by using any Bank of America ATM, calling the Bank of America customer service line, or accessing account information online. The Employment Development Department Debit Card can be used anywhere that accepts Visa cards.

Unemployment benefits are social welfare payments that compensate workers who are unemployed, often under special circumstances. In the United States, unemployment benefits typically pay eligible workers 40 to 50 percent of their previous pay, up to a certain amount specified by each state. While extensions are available, unemployment benefits are typically limited to a six-month period. To receive compensation, an unemployed worker must apply for benefits through her state's unemployment agency. Determinations of unemployment benefit eligibility are made by the state in accordance with federal law.

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