A person applying to receive unemployment benefits must dial the Department of Labor number that corresponds with the state that they reside in. The national Department of Labor number is 1-866-4-USA-DOL.
Dialing the national Department of Labor number can help a person reach their specific state. This phone line has available agents Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. Individual states may have different calling hours. The New York state Department of Labor can be reached at 1-888-209-8124, and the Massachusetts Department of Labor is available at 1-877-626-6800. As every state's laws are slightly different, the state of Connecticut has a different phone number for different areas within the state.