Unemployment Benefits

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Unemployment benefits are given to people who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. This fact sheet gives some of the rules about who can get unemployment benefits. If you are not sure if you can get unemployment, you should apply. Although there are other rules, there are 3 basic rules.

  1. You must be looking for work. Treat your job search like a full-time job. Spend at least 30 hours a week looking for a new job. Keep records of where you look for work.
  2. You must be available to work. Full-time students are usually not available to work unless they are willing to quit school or change their class schedule to accept a job.

    Note: If you get social security disability payments, you may still be able to get limited unemployment benefits. Contact your local legal aid office for more information.
  3. You must have lost your job through no fault of your own. If you were laid off, or if your job was cut, you should be able to get unemployment benefits.