People in Alabama file unemployment claims weekly, as of 2015. They can file their claims online at the Alabama Department of Labor website, or may file by phone by calling the number listed on the agency's website.
People in Alabama should file unemployment claims as soon as possible, as they are eligible to receive weekly benefits the Sunday following their claim dates. Benefits vary each week depending on wages earned during the base period used to calculate benefits. Unemployed workers in Alabama generally receive benefits for up to 26 weeks, depending upon their earning in the base period. When filing their weekly unemployment claims, people in Alabama must report any wages earned during the week for which they are claiming benefits.