You can find details of your own state’s program by selecting your state in the box below, but most states require the following:
- File weekly or biweekly claims, usually by mail or phone.
- Report any earnings from work you had during the week(s). States have different rules for how much money you can earn while receiving benefits.
- Report any job offers or job offers you decline during the week.
- If requested, report to your local Unemployment Insurance claims office or American Job Center on the scheduled day and time. Benefits may be denied for those who do not attend.
- Some states require registration for work with the State Employment Service, so it can assist you in finding employment.
You will find help in your job search at your local American Job Center/Employment Service Office. They have a variety of services free of charge. Staff there can:
- Refer you to job openings in your area, or in other areas if you plan to relocate.
- Help with resume writing, interview practice, and other job search activities.
- Refer you to training programs.
- Some Centers offer testing and counseling to help you explore new careers.
- Connect you with rehabilitation and community services for other needs that impact your job search.