Filing for unemployment benefits requires entering an application in person, over the telephone or online. After that there is a waiting period while the state agency conducts an investigation to determine eligibility. People unemployed through no fault of their own -- such as through a layoff -- usually receive benefits if they otherwise qualify under state guidelines. However, people who voluntarily resign from their jobs or are fired for a legitimate reason may not receive benefits. Agencies managing the benefits provide an answer as quickly as possible.
Check your mail. The state agency will send a letter telling you if your application was approved or denied. You can appeal if the state turns down your application.
Get the Web address and telephone number for the agency in your state handling unemployment benefits claims. Check other correspondence the agency sent you.
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Visit the Web address and look for a menu tab for checking the status of a claim, or something similar. Click on the tab and follow the prompts to determine if your application was approved or denied.
Call or visit the agency as an alternative. Provide your Social Security number or claim reference number for an update.