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How do you find the right employment office to file a claim?

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If you are filing an unemployment benefits claim, visit the website or office of the relevant department of your home state. Most states have a department that handles unemployment claims. Examples include the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, California Employment Development Department and Arizona Department of Economic Security.

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Individuals can find the address and contact information for their state unemployment department on the department's website.

The Missouri Unemployment Insurance Online Claims Filing System provides a means for Missouri residents to claim unemployment benefits from the state. Residents need to file their claims immediately upon becoming unemployed. Once a person fills out the claim, the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations reviews that individual's eligibility. Those who have been deemed eligible receive their first payments in 18 to 22 days. Those who wait too long to file can forfeit eligibility.

The State of California outlines several avenues for filing unemployment claims. Individuals can call the Employment Development Department, fill out a claim through the website's eApply4UI section or fill out and mail or fax a paper application. The state requires employers to provide the unemployed with an unemployment benefits handbook.

Arizona residents need to file their unemployment claims on a weekly basis. The website provides an online platform for filing claims.

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