FILE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
US Department of Labor & Workforce Development

You may file for unemployment insurance in person at any Department of Workforce Services office, by calling the TeleClaim Center, or on forms for filing claims by mail, which have been placed in most public buildings.

File for unemployement benefits

Qualifying for Unemployment Insurance:

To be eligible to apply for Unemployment Benefits, you must:

  • Be free of disqualification
  • Be unemployed
  • Be available for suitable work
  • Be physically and mentally able to perform suitable work
  • Be free of participation or direct interest in a labor dispute
  • Make a reasonable effort to find work
  • Be a US citizen or legally authorized to work in the US


In most States, a waiting period of one (1) week must be served before benefits are payable.

Information Needed to File for Unemployment:

  • Full name, Mailing address and phone number
  • Social Security number
  • Mother's maiden name (for security/access purposes)
  • Driver's License number (if you have one)
  • Veteran/Military separation date
  • Name, address, phone number of your last employer
  • Employer's Federal ID Number (from your pay stub or W2 form)
  • How much you earned
  • Date started and date ended employment
  • Previous employer information. Usually, the last 2 years of employer information is required.

File for Unemployment Insurance in the US:

Alabama Unemployment Office

Department of Industrial Relations 649 Monroe Street Montgomery, AL 36131-0099 Tel: (334) 242-8830

Decatur, Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile: 866-234-5382 and 800-499-2035

Alaska Unemployment Office

Employment Security Tax Dept of Labor and Workforce Development PO Box 115509 Juneau, AK 99811-5509 Tel: (888) 448-3527 and 1-888-222-9989JUNEAU: 907-465-5552 FAIRBANKS: 907-451-2871 ANCHORAGE: 907-269-4700

Arizona Unemployment Office

Unemployment Tax - 911B Department of Economic Security PO Box 6028 Phoenix, AZ 85005-6028 Tel: (602) 771-6601

Phoenix (602) 364-2722Tucson (520) 791-2722

Outside the Phoenix or Tucson area, toll-free number 1-877-600-2722

Deaf/hearing impaired: toll free TDD number1-877-877-6226

Arkansas Unemployment Office

Department of Workforce Services PO Box 2981 Little Rock, AK 72203-2981 Tel: (501) 682-3798

California Unemployment Office

Account Services Group, MIC-90 Employment Development Department PO Box 942880 Sacramento, CA 94280 Tel: (888) 745-3886General Information: 1-800-300-5616

Colorado Unemployment Office

Unemployment Insurance Operations Department of Labor and Employment PO Box 8789 Denver, CO 80201-8789 Tel: (800) 480-8299 and (800) 388-5515

Connecticut Unemployment

Connecticut Department of Labor 200 Folly Brook Blvd Wethersfield, CT 61091-1114 Tel: (860) 263-6550

Interstate 1-800-942-6653 (from out-of-state) or(860) 566-3155 (from in-state)
Bridgeport (203) 579-6291
Danbury (203) 797-4150
Danielson (860) 423-2521
Enfield (860) 566-5790
Hamden (203) 230-4939
Hartford (860) 566-5790
Meriden (860) 344-2993
Middletown (860) 344-2993
New Britain (860) 566-5790
New London (860) 443-2041
Norwich (860) 443-2041
Torrington (860) 482-5581
Waterbury (203) 596-4140
Willimantic (860) 423-2521

Delaware Unemployment

Division of Unemployment Insurance Department of Labor PO Box 9950 Wilmington, DE 19809-0950 Tel: (302) 761-8484

New Castle County residents: (302) 761-6576
Kent & Sussex County residents: 1-800-794-3032

District of Columbia Unemployment

Department of Employment Services Office of Unemployment Compensation Tax Division 609 H Street NE, 3rd floor Washington, DC 20001-4347 Tel: (202) 698-7550

Florida Unemployment Office

Unemployment Compensation Services Agency for Workforce Innovation 107 E. Madison St. MSC 229 Tallahassee, FL 32399-0180 Tel: (800) 482-8293

Georgia Unemployment Office

Department of Labor 148 Andrew Young Inter Blvd, Suite 800 Atlanta, GA 30303-1732 Tel: (404) 232-3301

Athens: 706-583-2550, Atlanta: 404-679-5200, Augusta: 706-721-3131, Columbus: 706-649-7423, Savannah: 912-356-2773.

Hawaii Unemployment

Department of Labor and Industrial Relations 830 Punchbowl Street, Room 437 Honolulu, HI 96813-5096 Tel: (808) 586-891 and 3643-5555

Idaho Unemployment

Department of Labor 317 W Main Street Boise, ID 83735-0002 Tel: (800) 448-2977 and (208) 332-3574

Illinois Unemployment

Department of Employment Security 33 South State St. Chicago, IL 60603 Tel: (800) 247-4984 and (888) 337-7234

Indiana Unemployment Office

Department of Workforce Development 10 North Senate Ave Room SE 106 Indianapolis, IN 46204-2277 Tel: (317) 232-7436

Iowa Unemployment

Workforce Development 1000 East Grand Avenue Des Moines, IA 50319-0209 Tel: (515) 281-5339

Kansas Unemployment

Department of Labor 401 SW Topeka Blvd Topeka, KS 66603-3182 Tel: (785) 296-5027Topeka: (785) 575-1460 / TTY (877) 457-5432 (Toll Free) Kansas City: (913) 596-3500 / TTY (913) 287-6488 Wichita: (316) 383-9947

Kentucky File for Unemployment

Department for Employment Services P. O. Box 948 Frankfort, KY 40602-0948 Tel: (502) 564-2272

Louisiana Unemployment

Louisiana Workforce Commission PO Box 94094 Baton Rouge, LA 70804 Tel: (225) 342-2944 and (502) 564-4761

Maine Unemployment

Department of Labor PO Box 259 Augusta, ME 04332-0259 Tel: (207) 621-5120 822-4128 (Portland) 753-2800 (Lewiston)

Maryland Unemployment

Department of Labor, Licensing, & Regulation 1100 North Eutaw St, Room 414 Baltimore, MD 21201-2201 Tel: (800) 492-5524 Toll free inside MD:(800) 827- 4839 Baltimore area & out of state -(410) 949 - 0022 TTY (410) 767 - 2727

Massachusetts Unemployment

Division of Employment and Training 19 Staniford Street Boston, MA 02114-2589 Tel: (617) 626-5050

Michigan Unemployment

Department of Labor & Economic Growth 3024 W Grand Blvd Detroit, MI 48202-6024 Tel: (313) 456-2180

Minnesota Unemployment

Department of Employment & Economic Development 332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200 St. Paul, MN 55101-1351 Tel: (651) 296-6141

Mississippi Unemployment

Department of Employment Security PO Box 22781 Jackson, MS 39225-2781 Tel: (866) 806-0272 State Unemployment Insurance Benefits Department at (601) 961-7724

Missouri Unemployment

Division of Employment Security PO Box 59 Jefferson City, MO 65104-0059 Tel: (573) 751-3340

Kansas City Area 816-889-3101 Outside Area 800-320-2519

File for unemployment in the St. Louis Area 314-340-4950 Outside Area 800-320-2519

File for unemployment in the Springfield Area 417-895-6851 Outside Area 800-320-2519

Montana Unemployment

Unemployment Insurance Division PO Box 6339 Helena, MT 59604-6339 Tel: (406) 444-3834

Nebraska Unemployment

Department of Labor Box 94600 State House Station Lincoln, NE 68509-4600 Tel: (402) 471-9940

Lincoln Area (402) 458-2500
Omaha Area (402) 829-2800
Toll Free Number 1-877-725-9918

Nevada Unemployment

Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation 500 East Third Street Carson City, NV 89713-0030 Tel: (775) 684-6300

Northern Nevada (775) 684-0350
Southern Nevada (702) 486-0350
Rural Nevada, Long Distance or Interstate (888) 890-8211

New Hampshire Unemployment

Department of Employment Security 32 South Main Street Concord, NH 03301-4857 Tel: (603) 228-4033 Manchester: (603) 627-7841 Nashua: (603) 882-5177

New Jersey Unemployment

Department of Labor & Workforce Development PO Box 947 Trenton, NJ 08625-0947 Tel: (609) 633-6400

File for unemployment in Union City (Serves Northeast New Jersey) (201) 601-4100

Freehold (Serves Northwest and Central New Jersey) (732) 761-2020

Cumberland (Serves South Jersey) (856) 507-2340

New Mexico Unemployment

Department of Workforce Solutions PO Box 2281 Albuquerque, NM 87103-2281 Tel: (505) 841-8576

New York Unemployment

Department of Labor State Campus, Building 12 Room 500 Albany, NY 12240-0339 Tel: (518) 457-4179 and 1-888-783-1370

North Carolina Unemployment

Employment Security Commission PO Box 26504 Raleigh, NC 27611-6504 Tel: (919) 733-7396

North Dakota Unemployment

Job Service of North Dakota PO Box 5507 Bismarck, ND 58506-5507 Tel: (701) 328-2814 and (701) 328-4995

Ohio Unemployment

Department of Job & Family Services PO Box 182404 Columbus, OH 43218-2404 Tel: (614) 466-2319 and (800) 251-6237 and (877) 644-6562

Oklahoma Unemployment

Employment Security Commission PO Box 52003 Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2003 Tel: (405) 557-7143

Tulsa: 437-1855
Oklahoma: 525-1500 and 1-800-555-1554
Outside Oklahoma 1-800-317-3797

Oregon Unemployment

Employment Department 875 Union Street NE Room 107 Salem, OR 97311-0030 Tel: (503) 947-1488, option 5 and (503) 947-1537 FUTA

Pennsylvania Unemployment

Dept of Labor and Industry 7th and Forster Street, Room 915 Harrisburg, PA 17121-0001 Tel: (717) 787-7679 and 1-888-313-7284

Puerto Rico Unemployment

Department of Labor and Human Resources PO Box 1020 San Juan, PR 000919 Tel: (787) 754-5818

Rhode Island Unemployment

Division of Taxation One Capitol Hill, Ste 36 Providence, RI 29085-5829 Tel: (401) 574-8700 and (401) 243-9100

South Carolina Unemployment

Employment Security Commission PO Box 995 Columbia, SC 29202-0995 Tel: (803) 737-3075

South Dakota Unemployment

Department of Labor PO Box 4730 Aberdeen, SD 57402-4730 Tel: (605) 626-2312 and 1-800-309-4232

Tennessee Unemployment

Department of Labor and Workforce Development 220 French Landing Drive Nashville, TN 37243 Tel: (615) 741-2486 and 253-0800

1-877-813-0950 toll-free

Texas Unemployment Office

Workforce Commission PO Box 149037 Austin, TX 78714-9037 Tel: (512) 463-2700

File for unemployment in Dallas: (214) 252-1200
San Antonio: (210) 258-6600
Austin: (512) 340-4300
El Paso: (915) 832-6400
Houston: (713) 982-7400
Fort Worth: (817) 420-1600
McAllen: (956) 984-4700
Others call toll free: 1-800-939-6631

Utah Unemployment Office

Department of Workforce Services PO Box 45288 Salt Lake City, UT 84145-0288 Tel: (801) 526-9400

File for unemployment in the Salt Lake and South Davis Counties: 526-4400
Utah County: 375-4067
Weber and North Davis Counties: 612-0877
Remainder of State: (888) 848-0688

Vermont Unemployment

Department of Labor PO Box 488 Montpelier, VT 05601-0488 Tel: (802) 828-4252 and (877) 214-3330

Virgin Islands Unemployment

Department of Labor PO Box 302608 St. Thomas, VI 00803-2608 Tel: (340) 776-1440

Virginia - File for Unemployment

Employment Commission PO Box 1358 Richmond, VA 23218-1358 Tel: (804) 371-7159

Washington Unemployment

Employment Security Department PO Box 9046 Olympia, WA 98507-9046 Tel: (360) 902-9360

Seattle: 206-766-6000 and 206-766-6063
Tacoma: 253-396-3500 and 253-396-3563
Spokane: 509-893-7000 and 509-893-7063
All Other Areas: 800-362-4636
Español de toda otra región: 800-360-2271

West Virginia Unemployment

Bureau of Employment Programs 112 California Avenue Charleston, WV 25305-0016 Tel: (304) 558-2676

Wisconsin Unemployment

Department of Workforce Development PO Box 7942 Madison, WI 57307-7942 Tel: (608) 261-6700

Madison Area 608-232-0678
Milwaukee Area 414-438-7700
Toll Free Number 1-800-822-5246
TTY 1-888-393-8914

Wyoming Unemployment

Unemployment Tax Division PO Box 2760 Casper, WY 82602-2760 Tel: (307) 235-3217

Wyoming Claims Center: 1-(307)473-3789. Outside Wyoming: 1-(866)729-7799.

File for unemployment if you are in Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, or Canada, call 1-877-215-5793.

Unemployment Statistics

The unemployment rate in America reached 8.5 percent in March, 2009. The total loss of jobs since the beginning of the recession is now 5.1 million. Nearly two thirds of those job losses occurred in the last 5 months.

JOB CORPS

If you are interested in joining Job Corps or would like more information, call (800) 733-JOBS or (800) 733-5627.


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