States provide a variety of ways to check the status of your unemployment claim, whether it's to determine if you've been approved for benefits or to see if a payment has been issued for your recent claim period. Online and by phone are the two most common methods available.
Security Information is Required to Retrieve Information
Many states, like California and Texas, allow you to inquire about the status of your unemployment benefits online, by phone, by mail or using all three, but these systems are typically automated. (Ref 1, 2) To check your status online, for instance, you are usually required to create a User ID and password. (Ref 2, 7) Once this is done, you simply login in to retrieve claim information. In Arizona, the online system shows the last payment issued or last week you filed a claim but didn't receive payment, remaining claim balance, and total payments you received in previous calendar year. (Ref 3) Iowa's online system informs you of the last week you claimed benefits, date and amount of your last benefit payment, and any remaining balance. (Ref 4)
PIN Usually Required for Phone Access
Checking your status by phone usually requires different information. For instance, in California, you must provide your Social Security number and Personal Identification Number, or PIN. (Ref 5) In New Jersey, it's either your PIN or information from your state driver's license or identification card. (Ref 6) If you need specific information about your unemployment benefits not available from your state's automated system, you typically must speak to a customer service representative at the unemployment office, usually by phone. (Ref 1 pg. 10; Ref 5; Ref 6)