Unemployment insurance is meant to provide temporary income to workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Filing a claim can usually be accomplished online or by phone in most states. While you are receiving benefits, if you earn any money at all, you must report those earnings to your state unemployment agency. Once you are earning enough money to stop receiving unemployment benefits, canceling a claim and putting a stop to the checks is simple.
Locate the phone number, email address or U.S. mail address of your state unemployment agency. Contact information may be included on your weekly claim forms or other documentation. It may also be available at the agency website.
Phone or write the state agency to cancel your claim. During periods of high unemployment, trying to reach a representative by phone can require patience and persistence. Using email or postal mail may prove less frustrating. Be sure to include your Social Security number in addition to your name, full mailing address and phone number in the note or message, so that the agency can readily identify your claim.
Look for confirmation of cancellation by mail. If you have already started receiving checks, you may not receive any written confirmation. You will, instead, no longer receive weekly or biweekly continued claim forms. If you write to cancel your claim before any benefits have been issued, you should receive a mailed communication from the state agency confirming that your claim has been canceled.