How Do I Apply for Unemployment Benefits with the New York Department of Labor?

If you would like to apply for unemployment benefits in the state of New York, be certain to file immediately after you lose your job. You will need to gather the following: social security number, phone number, full mailing address, driver's license number, alien registration number (for non-US citizens), employment history for the previous 18 months, forms SF8 and SF50 if you were federally employed, and form DD214 (for military). Next, apply directly on the state of New York's website or by phone.

Christian Allen is the editor / author responsible for this content.
Apr 28, 2020

We understand that you could be a New York resident who would like to apply for unemployment benefits with the New York Department of Labor. If that describes you, we have a lot of excellent information for you below. Applying for unemployment benefits can be easier than you think if you have the correct information.

Are you prepared to begin? Very good! Let's move forward:

1. You must first figure out if you qualify for unemployment benefits. Freelancers or self-employed individuals cannot make claims. However, you can if you were a salaried or hourly worker that was on another company's payroll. You also must have had a sufficient amount of earnings to establish a claim. You have to be ready to work immediately and be actively searching for a new job. Finally, you must have lost your job for a reason that was not your fault.

2. In New York, your weekly unemployment benefits equate to 1/26th of the wages that you earned during your highest-paid quarter. An example of this would be that if you earned $12,000 during your highest-paid quarter, you would receive $460.80. It's important to note that the maximum benefit in New York is $504 per week.

3. You can collect unemployment benefits for 26 weeks in New York in a one-year time frame. However, in the past, this has been extended during difficult times.

4. It is important to apply for benefits immediately after you have lost your job. This is because you will then receive your benefits as soon as possible. There may be a seven-day waiting period in most circumstances, although sometimes that can be waived.

5. You can apply for unemployment benefits from the New York Department of Labor from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday via phone. You can also apply online.

6. You must apply on specific days depending on the first initial of your last name. You will file your claim on Monday if your last name begins with A-F. You'll file your claim on Tuesday if your last name begins with G-N. If your last name begins with O-Z you will file your claim on Wednesday. You can file your claim on Thursday, Friday or Saturday if you happen to miss your initial filing day.

7. Before visiting the website or calling into the unemployment department, please be sure to have your: social security number, phone number, full mailing address, driver's license number, alien registration number (for non-US citizens), employment history for the previous 18 months, forms SF8 and SF50 if you were federally employed, and form DD214 (for military).

8. You will receive a notice in the mail if your claim is denied. It is called a Notice of Determination. You have 30 days to appeal that denial if you should receive it.

8. If you still want help with anything regarding your unemployment benefits, please feel free to visit our dedicated support page for the New York Department of Labor. We will connect you directly with a human that can assist you immediately.

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