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Video:Am I Eligible for Unemployment?

with Alison Doyle

If you are eligible for unemployment benefits, you can receive monetary payments for a specific period of time. Here are some tips on how to determine if you are eligible for unemployment.See Transcript

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Transcript:Am I Eligible for Unemployment?

What Is Unemployment Insurance?

The purpose of unemployment insurance is to provide workers, who are unemployed through no fault of their own, with monetary payments for a specific period of time or until the worker finds a new job.

State Law Determines if You Are Eligible for Unemployment

Unemployment benefits are provided by state unemployment insurance programs within guidelines established by federal law. Eligibility for unemployment insurance, benefit amounts and the length of time benefits are determined by state law.

In order to receive unemployment compensation, workers must meet the unemployment eligibility requirements for wages earned or time worked during an established period of time. In addition, workers must be determined to be unemployed through no fault of their own.

Reasons for Not Being Eligible for Unemployment

The following circumstances may disqualify you from collecting unemployment benefits, depending on state law:
  • Quit without good cause
  • Fired for misconduct
  • Resigned because of illness
  • Left to get married
  • Self-employed
  • Involved in a labor dispute
  • Attending school
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