How to File for Unemployment in Your State

To ease and expedite your filing for unemployment insurance, we have pulled together links, tips and contact information from the states we do business in. For all of those who lost their jobs based on the COVID-19 Pandemic, you must apply for unemployment benefits to receive them. Eligibility decisions are made by your specific state unemployment or workforce development agency. You will want to have the following information available when you apply online or by phone:

  • Your Social Security number
  • Names and addresses of all your employers for the past two years
  • Dates you worked (use your best estimate if you don’t have exact dates)
  • The reason you became unemployed
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, have your employment authorization and expiration date
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Unemployment Resources By State

Arkansas

Website Link: https://www.dws.arkansas.gov/unemployment/  

Method to File: Online or In-Person Monday–Friday 8am – 4pm 

Phone: 855-225-4440 or 501-682-2121 

California

Website link: https://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/UI_Online_File_a_Claim.htm 

Method to File: Online

Click on Benefit Programs Online and select Register.  Between 8am and noon, you also can call 1-800-300-5616 for English and 1-800-326-8937 for Spanish.

Colorado

Website Link: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/node/19181  

Method to File: Online 

Phone: 800-388-5515 or 303-318-9000 

Georgia

Website Link: https://dol.georgia.gov/get-unemployment-assistance  

Method to File: Online 

Illinois

Website Link: https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/individuals/UnemploymentInsurance/Pages/default.aspx   

Method to File: Online 

Phone: 800-244-5631 

Iowa

Website Link: https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/file-claim-unemployment-insurance-benefits  

Method to File: Online or In-Person Monday–Friday 8am – 4:30pm

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for myIowaUI before contacting an
Unemployment Insurance Tax Representative.

Phone: 800-244-5631
Email: iwduitax@iwd.iowa.gov

Kentucky

Website Link: http://www.kewes.ky.gov/  

Method to File: Online or via Phone 

Phone: 502-875-0442 Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:30pm 

Note: The KEWES link is only available Monday-Friday 7am-7pm & Sunday 10am-9pm 

Louisiana

Website Link: http://www.kewes.ky.gov/  

Method to File: Online or via Phone 

Phone: 502-875-0442 Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:30pm 

Note: The KEWES link is only available Monday-Friday 7am-7pm & Sunday 10am-9pm 

Minnesota

Website Link: https://www.uimn.org/  

Method to File: Online 

Phone: 651-296-3644 in Twin Cities or 877-898-9090 outside the Twin Cities’ metropolitan area 

Missouri

Website Link: https://uinteract.labor.mo.gov/benefits/home.do  

Method to File: Online 

Phone: 800-320-2519 

Nebraska

Website Link: https://www.dol.nebraska.gov/UIBenefits  

Method to File: Online 

Phone: 402-458-2500 

Nevada

Register online at http://ui.nv.gov/css.html  

Method to File: Online 

Phone: 702-486-0350 Monday – Friday from 8am – 8pm 

New York

Website Link: https://labor.ny.gov/unemploymentassistance.shtm  

Method to File: Online or via Phone 

Phone: 888-209-8124 Monday-Friday 8am – 5pm 

Note: The NY.DOV ID link is only available Monday-Thursday 7:30am – 7:30pm, Friday 7:30am – 5pm, Saturday all day, and Sunday until 7pm 

North Dakota

Website Link: https://www.jobsnd.com/unemployment-individuals/file-claim  

Method to File: Online or via Phone 

Phone: 701-328-4995 

Ohio

File online at https://unemployment.state.ok.us/W2.aspx   

Method to File: Online 

Phone: 888-980-9675  

Oklahoma

Website Link: https://www.jobsnd.com/unemployment-individuals/file-claim  

Method to File: Online or via Phone 

Phone: 701-328-4995 

Pennsylvania

Website Link: https://www.uc.pa.gov/unemployment-benefits/file/Pages/Filing%20Instructions.aspx  

Method to File: Online, Phone or Mail 

Phone: 888-313-7284 

Texas

Website Link: https://twc.texas.gov/jobseekers/unemployment-benefits-services  

Method to File: Online 

Phone: 800-939-6631 

Virginia

Website Link: www.vec.virginia.gov  

Method to File: Online or via Phone 

Phone: 866-832-2363 Monday-Friday 8am – 4:30pm 

Wisconsin

Website Link: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/ui/  

Method to File: Online 

Phone: (844) 910-3661 or 414-435-7069 

Note: The my.unemployment.wisconsin.gov link is only available Monday – Friday 6am – 7pm, Saturday 9am – 2:30pm and Sunday 9am – 5pm 

Go To: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnZUpu9dK60 for a YouTube video on how to register at the Job Center of Wisconsin – the first step in filing for UI benefits 

Go To: https://media.wisconsin.gov/ui/ext/benefits/how_to_apply.htm for a video on “How To Apply” for Unemployment Benefits