Filing for unemployment
Filing for unemployment in the United States is on a very state-by-state basis. There are specific rules, guidelines, and requirements original to each state. Many customary procedures deemed normal in some states are never practiced in others, and vice versa. In Northeastern and Northwestern states, more commonly ones that have a Democratic leaning, it is a lot easier to file for unemployment and requires less documentation than it does in Southern and Midwestern states. However, it is a fairly easy process to file for unemployment in all American states, and we will provide general rules to follow for the process.
Unemployment benefit programs function to pay money to workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own, or who meet certain eligibility requirements as determined under state law. To apply, applicants need to go through their respective state unemployment insurance office. In order to locate offices within states, visit this site to get started: http://www.careeronestop.org/localhelp/unemploymentbenefits/unemployment-benefits.aspx.
Additionally, Unemployment Insurance Extended Benefits are available to workers who have already collected all regular unemployment insurance benefits during periods of high unemployment. There is also Self-employment assistance available to unemployed workers who want to create their own jobs by founding a small business. This is specifically a voluntary program offered in only: Delaware, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
During the unemployment period, there is Educational Assistance available to applicants through Opportunity.gov. There, visitors will find training and educational assistance through reduced costs to help them get back on their feet and rejoin the workforce.
Lastly, it is worth noting that Unemployment insurance benefits are taxable. Individuals receiving unemployment benefits must report any benefits they are receiving as apart of their gross income. To make sure Unemployment insurance is being reported properly to the Internal Revenue Service, visit: https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc418.html.