The unemployment application notification tells workers if they qualify for the UI program and other details about their award distribution. They usually include information about “How do I file for unemployment claims?” and the requirements beneficiaries must continue to meet.
A worker’s weekly UI payment will never be more than the maximum weekly benefit. Still, the amount can decrease if workers earn money or do not qualify for benefits in a certification period.
Some of the weekly certification requirements include the following:
- Be able and available to work
- Be actively seeking work each claim week
- Report application submissions, job offers, and declined offers
- Registration on the state’s employment website
If a worker is sick for two days, they may lose two days’ worth of benefits. Similarly, the state could reduce their benefit amount if they obtain part-time work or wages.
Workers who decline job offers may lose their benefits. Individuals may need to justify declining employment, such as relocating for the position. Or a worker may need to identify voluntarily leaving a job without good cause.
UI beneficiaries will need to attest to meeting the requirement each week. Some states have an online recertification website, while others still use mail and phone methods.
Residents may need to submit employers’ contact information to prove job search efforts. Some states have a minimum number of contacts beneficiaries must make each week.
Some states may require participation in Job Fairs or American Job Centers. Representatives may recommend job training programs to make individuals more employable. Job seekers can also get help with resume writing, practice interview skills, and other related activities.
Job counseling is another benefit in many states’ UI programs. Counselors can help individuals explore new professional prospects. American Job Center staff work with differently-abled individuals to find jobs with special considerations.
Each state has a different maximum duration of unemployment benefits. Different areas also have varying lengths of extended benefits. If workers run out of unemployment benefits before securing another job, they may look into other government programs that provide financial assistance. Households can apply for:
• Cash from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
• Food from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
• Reduced utility bills through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
• Reduced rent from the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) or Section 8 program.
In some cases, workers can apply for extended unemployment benefits. Qualifying for additional weeks of payments typically depends on the area’s unemployment rate. Residents in states with high unemployment rates may receive additional payments as an emergency protocol.