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There are more than 14 million people without jobs in the United States. Many of them qualify for unemployment, but don’t know what it is and how to get it.


Here are the specifics:
 

What is unemployment?   How much unemployment can you get and for how long?  

Unemployment is also called unemployment insurance. It is a program paid for by employers and your tax dollars when you’re working. If you lose your job and it’s not your fault, you could qualify. These benefits only last for a short time.

The amount of benefits you get depends on how much money you made in the year before you lost your job. When you’re approved, you’ll get a check once a week while you’re looking for work.

Find if you qualify.

 

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My daughter has worked in a medical uniform store for about 3 years. she worked last Saturday 10 - 5. When she drove by the store Sunday (the next day), she saw that all the merchandise, fixtures, registers, etc. were gone. she contacted her boss (the owner) and the owner told her that she closed the store and had to get everything out over night before someone else that was suing her took it. she told my daughter that she was planning to call her before the next morning when my daughter was supposed to go in. My daughter worked Monday thru Saturday every week. Her employer told her that she was going to pay her to the end of the month. Her last paycheck was on the first. She is owed money for the hours she worked from the 1st to the 5th. Now her employer is telling her she is going to try to pay her as much as she can, but may not be able to pay her until the end of the month. Does her employer owe her for the entire month because she told her she would pay her, or can her employer go back on her word.

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I just received my first continued claim form. Is there a minimum number of jobs to apply for in order to maintain eligibility? There are lines for 10 job searches.

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I am trying to find out some info on unemployment. I work for a Texas Company doing construction work all over the U.S. When I was hired 3 years ago we were not paid perdiem. We leave Texas in a company van with our foreman and travel to job site. When we get to the out of state site we get a hotel room. We all share one room because it is cheaper. We have always been allowed to work overtime to offset the fact that we receive no perdiem. Sometimes we work 70 hours. About a year ago our company started limiting the amount of hours we could work but still gave us no perdiem. For the last 6 months or so we have been limited to 40 hours a week. The only money we recieve in addition to our hourly pay is .30 cents per mile . This week several of the employees refused to go out of town, saying they can not afford to go and pay for a hotel on only 40 hous. Our boss is threatning to fire them if they do not go. The boss says they will not be elgible to get unemployment because they are refusing to work. He says when they got the job they knew they would not get perdiem and the company never promised them a certain amount of hours. If he does fire them will they be elgible to get unemployment? If someone knows the answer I would appreciate it. Thanks

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Susie63, you should contact the unemployment agency in Texas and ask them this question. They are the only ones that can give you an accurate answer.

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i would really like to have my money to take care of my family plus im school now.i need not want if this comment should help me please let it.thank you and have a bless day.

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really like to have my money to take care of my family plus im school now.i need not want if this comment should help me please let it.thank you
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i was a manager for 3 yrs and i have health issues but not not on dr orders yet then they want to drop me down to server because i use my ins and it makes the primerm goes up when i use it.?but i pay for it out of my check this like excuse i get.so they said untill i get a full release.so i feel like ive been fired . thats not a good excuse every one gets sick.i ve been with this company for six years.never been let go.this is excuse i get.more at least.they hired this guy back that had stole for them and sold the food at the flee market and i told on him so he does like me but they bring him back as a districe and he does like me so they got me out of that store.my money has been right and paper work ect.

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HELP! My husband was on an Unemployment Claim from Nov of last year to Nov this year. It just ended, so we had to start a new claim and they just informed us that he ineligible due to not having 20 weeks of work. I think he had 12-16. Very bad year :( Is there anything at all we can do??? We have two kids, so b/c of daycare costs, I stay home w them, so as of right now, we literally have no money. Please, any and all advice is so greatly appreciated.

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Jenica, you should look into government assistance until you and your family are back on your feet. This site: http://www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits_en.portal has information on all sorts of federal and state government assistance programs.

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where do you go, and fill out an, application for the welfare department I lost my job have no money . what can I do. Not getting unemployment I don't know what there, problem is
MAY 05/2009
I received in the mail a letter stating, that my EUCO8 BENEFIT RATE WAS $97.00 HAS BEEN EXTENDED BY $1.227.00 THEN IN BOLD LETTERS IN SAID (BENEFITS ARE PAYABLE FOR WEEKS THROUGH (JUNE 05,2010
AND ARE LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT ABOVE. NOW THEY TELL ME DIFFERENT. THAT I AM NOT , GOING TO GET IT.
I TALKED TO AN ADJUCATOR ABOUT A DIFFERENT ISSUE. HE CALLED ME. THE ISSUE WAS ABOUT ANOTHER AGENCY QPS THEY FOUND WORK FOR, ME AT (JRS) THEN HE TOLD ME THAT I WAS ALL SET . THAT I WAS GOING TO GET MY, UNEMPLOYMENT. A SPECIALIST TOLD ME . I WAS GOING TO GET A CHECK FOR 1 WEEK . PLEASE LOOK INTO IT FOR ME. I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON. SHOULD I KEEP ON FILING MY CLAIMS AS I AM DOING NOW

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Elegantpauper, Yes, you should continue to claim your weekly benefits. You should always do this whenever you have a dispute with your unemployment agency. You should also take a look at our article, Get Help Getting Unemployment (http://www.thebeehive.org/jobs/unemployment-101/getting-unemployment/get...) for a list of organizations that may be able to give you free legal help with your issue. If you do choose to apply for a welfare program, you need to start by contacting your local office of Employment and Human Services which, depending on where you live, may also be called Social Services or Human Services. You can find it listed in the government pages in your local phone book.

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I would like to know where, I can for help . I am having trouble getting Unemployment Benefits. Do you or someone know where you can go, to fill out a form for the Welfare department for help
my emergency unemplyment compensation Computation
Was sent to me on 05/20/2009

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To everyone asking about EXTENDED BENEFITS here is a fact sheet from unemployedworkers.org. http://nelp.3cdn.net/92cd8ffd04881b449a_w4m6iiwvg.pdf
Certain states will offer 14 weeks of extended benefits and some will offer 20, depending on the unemployment rate of each state. Only those individuals whose benefits have run out after November 8, 2009 will be eligible. It may take several weeks or more for your state to implement the process for extended benefits. Check out the above fact sheet for more detailed information or contact your local state's unemployment agency. You can choose your state from the list on our "Getting Unemployment" page.

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I left my job voluntarily in the middle of July 2009. I'm still looking for a job and its almost the middle of November. Because I left my job, I didn't qualify for unemployment in the state of PA. I heard from someone that after so much time and no success in finding a job, you could qualify. Is this accurate and what are the qualifications? Thx

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DOES ANYONE KNOW:

Does the extension to unemployment benefits apply to people who are on their first round of benefits? I was laid off in August 2009 & my benefits end in late Jan 2010. I have not been able to find ONE person who can tell me if I will qualify for any extensions..and if I DO qualify for an extension, what exactly do I qualify for? 6 weeks? 14? another 26? I am in CA

Maybe people are saying that the ONLY people who qualify for an extension are people who already have received a 1st or 2nd extension. I've heard that some people are getting up to 79 weeks in CA.

What about those of us who are winding down our first 26 weeks of benefits? Do we get any extensions? What do we get & how do we make sure we can get it.

Thanks so much.

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I ran out of my unemployment benifits and they sent me a claim form to fill out so i couold be extented for the extra 20 weeks i usually get a check the following week, but i have yet to recieve it. What is the problem? who could i talk to?

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Quick question. I lost my job in Aug 2009 in CA. Me unemployment bennies will end in late Jan 2010. Does anyone know if I will qualify for an extension in bennies? The info out there is very confusing & I am not sure. And if I do qualify how many extensions are possible? I am hoping I won't need more than one extension which is (I think) 20 weeks.

If I do qualify for an extension how do I get it?

Thanks.

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TO ALL OF OUR USERS: if you have lost your job and are in need of assistance, go ahead and file a claim with your local unemployment agency ASAP, even if you are unsure if you will qualify. It does not hurt you to try. Answer all of their questions honestly and accurately and let them make the final determination. The worst that can happen is they decide that you are ineligible. There is no rule that says that you must know that you are eligible in order to file a claim. No harm can come from trying as long as you are honest in your application.

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Hi i was laid off on October 23, 2009 from Quest Electric Corp. 2 South Street Mount Vernon NY i received $15 a hour i worked 71/2 hours per day 35 hours per week. I received my pay the same Friday only to hear that i was no longer working the company anymore within these claims i have made do qualify for the unemployment insurance

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Bowlo, you need to file a claim with your local unemployment agency and let them make a final determination.

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I was fired today but believe I am eligible for unemployment. Would like to see if you think so as well.

appx 120 days ago: Safety department holds meeting with all drivers (appx 20 people) of one particular vehicle for purpose of clarifying what should and should not happen/be done/not be done etc. in this particular vehicle.
Meeting did not include the other vehicle and there are just 4 regular drivers of it.

96 days ago: I was given a written warning (actually a final written warning even though it was a first offense) for smoking in the regular, 4 driver, company vehicle. One that has always been smoked in and continues to be to this day by the 3 other drivers.

Today: While driving a company vehicle, no smoking going on, I was attempting to park it while leaving adequate space away from a fire hydrant. I backed into a metal cage ( at idol speed). The cage received a minor dent, the vehicle received no damage, and I reported the incident immediately.
I was fired later today and told, " Although it has been over 90 days since the last incident, it hasn't been that long, and we are releasing you."

Your opinion..?..?

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molloy, you cannot qualify for unemployment if you leave a job willingly. Okellis, you sound like you should qualify, fill out an application with your local unemployment agency and let them make the final determination.

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Hello all:

I have a question that i'm hoping someone on this site might be able to answer for me. I've been employeed for the last 10yrs with the same company and as of late I feel that the company is forcing me to quit so I can't collect unemployment. The company has cut back on marketing, Service for my clients have dropped off, my tech dept that does my installs has dwindled down to hardly no one and my days are filled with angry client calling me up telling me how horrible the company I work for is. Just to give you a litttle back ground the company I work for has landed a major account 3 yrs ago and it appears that all the attention is on that account which I have nothing to do with. I feel like i'm on a desserted island with no help and have brought this to the attention of the owner of the company numerous times but have got no where with him. I'm focusing all my time on damage control with my client that i don't get any time to do sales which is my primary job function. My question to all is if I quit my job at this point will I be able to collect unemployment while looking for a new job.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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I filed for unemployment at the beginning of September, I left my job due to health issues, I was constantly dizzy and having bad migraines which started October of 2008. My doctor was giving me letters stating I should be off, but they had not been covered under FMLA. I was admitted in the hospital for dizziness and blurry vision in January of 2009 for a little over a week. I then had FMLA approved so it saved me for the moment. My health continued to decline and I was back again missing days. I was giving another FMLA package that needed to be filled out by the Neurologist. I had a difficult time getting it from her due to death in her family and her leaving the country for a month. The time had come and gone and I still didn't get her to fill out everything they were asking, which was how many days would I need off when these spells come on. Since I was not able to get my primary care to do it for me by the time for the needed information, FMLA was denied. My jobs had already sat me down a lot before FMLA was approved stating that I can't miss anymore days even though they knew of my health risk and the help I was receiving from my cardiologist, neurology, and primary care doctor. I didn't know if I should step down and leave instead of being fired so I decided to leave. I applied and sent unemployment a letter from two doctors stating my illness; I received a letter from unemployment stating that I am being denied because I am unable and unwilling to work. I am able to work so I got one of my doctor's to write me another stating that I can work and a spreadsheet of jobs I have applied for and some of their responses. I resubmitted a reconsideration letter to Florida Unemployment Dept in Tallahassee. I also received a hearing date but I am hoping that my resubmitted letter will be enough so that I will not have to do an appeal. Do you think it is enough information to get a second look or should I prepare for the hearing?

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I was hired as an Teacher's Aid in a Imagration Holding Facility now thay now they want me to work as a officer in the pods ( holding area ). I was hired to work Mon-Fri 7:30am-3:30pm now thay want me to work 8:00am-4:00pm and sometimes 4:00pm-12:00am also weekends which I am unable to do. If I don't accept this new changes I will lose my job. Can I reacive un-employment till I find another job?

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Dody, you need to contact your state's unemployment office and explain your situation to them as accurately as possible. They should be able to tell you if you are required to accept the changes or risk losing your eligibility. Take a look at our page, "Getting Unemployment" and choose your state from that list. Once you are on your state's website, look for contact information and get in touch with them as soon as possible.

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AFTER 9 MONTHS I HAVE BEEN RELEASED FROM CA DISABILITY AS PERMANENT AND STATIONARY, WITH PERMANENT RESTRICTIONS.
I AM 63 YRS OLD, AND THESE RESTRICTIONS PRECLUDE ME FROM SEEING WORK IN THE FIELD IN WHICH I HAVE WORKED ALL MY LIFE.
WHILE MY ATTORNEY WORKS THIS OUT WITH THE W C CARRIER, I AM LEFT WITH NO INCOME. DO I QUALIFY FOR UNEMPLOYMENT?
I AM ABLE TO WORK, JUST NOT IN SAME FIELD I HAVE ALWAYS WORKED. THANKS FOR YOUR RESPONSE AND SUGGESTIONS. ELLEN

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Ellen, you should speak with your attorney about the possibility of applying for unemployment benefits. He would be better suited to answer this question because he is much more familiar with the specifics of your case.

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Hello. I am currently living in missour, and I have a complicated situation. I was employed at a fast food restaurant for 9 months as a part-time employee. At that time, I was also drawing partial unemployment. Under the rules of unemployment you have to do a job search everyweek and if you turn down a more productive job (more pay), you will be dis-qualified for benefits. Well I was abiding to ther rules on a weekly basis. After 9 months on my previous job, I was offered a full time permanent position through a contract company as a In- Home Assistant (non-medical). The day after my employment with my previous employer, I was trying to fill out my weekly claim, but along with the weekly claim was a job application. One of the questions was about my previous employer and why I was no longer with them (fired, quit, etc..), but there was no tab on the application in regards to current. So the day after I was no longer with the previous employer, I put down quit. Well anyways, as I was working at my new job, Unemployment sent me a questionaire about why I quit my previous employer. When I got home (this new job requires 24 hour care 4 days a week), I filled out the information required along with a long letter explaining why I quit my previous job. I also gave them new information about my current employer. Well on my last day of the work week with my new employer, I was all of a sudden laid off due to lack of work. The lady that I was assigned to take care of decided not to use our services. So after I recieved my first pay check I re-applied for unemployment again. This is where it gets more complicated. After 2 weeks of waiting for unemployment, I recieved a phone message from the worker that was assigned to my case. She replied that I put down my previous employer as my previous employer, and that she knows that I quit because I accepted a new job. She then asked for the information in regards to my new employer and why I am currently not with them. I then left a voice mail message telling her that I am still employed but currently laid off due to lack of work. I also gave them the information about my current employer (Name, address, phone no.) The next day as I was looking at my status of unemployment claim it said that I quit and deny. I automatically called up unemployment and asked them why they put down quit, (assuming that they meant that I quit my current job). The gentleman in which I talked to told me to send a current pay stub along with a letter telling them to re-consider my case. I then sent them the information along with a letter to explain my current status. I then asked my current employer if someone from unemployment has contacted her. She said no. She then asked me for the contact no of my case worker. I gave her the information. 3 days after reviewing my claims status, I recieved a letter telling me that I was dis-qualified for benefits because my previous employer said that I quit for no good reason. The person in charge of my unemployment claim felt the same way and put on the paper that I quit and failed to provide proof that the new job was more remunerative. In other words, I had no right to quit my part time job and partial unemployment to a full time permanent position ( I assumed). Well of course, I freaked out and been stressed ever since. My question to you is that do I have a solid case to apeal there decission? I have been through the appeals hearing before and lost until I made 10 times the amount of unemployment. I also contacted my current employer the day after I recieved the letter asking her if she heard any word from unemployment. She said no and that she left a message to my case worker explaining what I have been explaining to them through the letter. I am desperate right now, as we are about to lose everything because I have no income. Once again. Do I have a solid case to Appeal there decision? Thank you. Laura

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Laura, it sounds like you have an argument for appeal and your best bet would be to appeal the decision. Take a look at our article, "Get Help getting Unemployment." Contact the groups on that page until you find an attorney willing to give you some free legal advice. You may even be able to get an attorney to go with you to the appeal. Have everything documented and, if possible, get statements that back up your side of the story from your two employers. Good luck. Here is the link to our "Get Help Getting Unemployment" article: http://pdx.thebeehive.org/jobs/unemployment-101/getting-unemployment/get...

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Ellen, it sounds like you have an argument for appeal and your best bet would be to appeal the decision. Take a look at our article, "Get Help getting Unemployment." Contact the groups on that page until you find an attorney willing to give you some free legal advice. You may even be able to get an attorney to go with you to the appeal. Have everything documented and, if possible, get statements that back up your side of the story from your two employers. Good luck.

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Hello to all
I'm new on the beehive site
I'm Adrian i read the comments on unemployment and started to wonder what i could do with the info.
i had a job working at a new store called DreamBikes in southern Wisconsin
they laid me off after about 9 months of working there. After that i did a few days of volunteer service there at DreamBikes and then quit because i didn't want to keep doing work for no pay.

Now I'm on the verge of getting kicked out of my moms home because I'm almost 18 (in 2 months) with the fear of being homeless without a job.
I am attending an alternative school that can help me get into MATC next year but i still don't know what to do in between time for myself.
I want a good paying job so i can save enough money to move into my own home soon.
If you think there is something you can do to help please comment with your ideas

THANKS BEEHIVE

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I have a question. My friend is currently employed in the state of Michigan. Since February of this year he has been in and out of work due to illness. He is going on operation number six. His employer does not offer short term dissability. Long term kicks in after six months of continually not being able to work. Needless to say he has exhausted any extra money that he had. Friends and family have helped too. Is there any way to draw unemployment temporary? So that he does not become homeless?

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Deb, Since your friend is unable to work due to an illness he is most likely not going to be able to qualify for unemployment benefits. His best move would be to apply for Social Security Disability or some other form of public assistance. Take a look at our article on Social Security and Disability. Here is the link: http://www.thebeehive.org/jobs/living-and-working-disability/social-secu...

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I worked for a company for 8 years and they closed. After drawing unemployment for about six weeks I had an offer from another company that I would be making salary plus commision. I was told that this would be close to what I was making at my previous job so I accepted the job offer. After working for a week and talking to other people with the same position I realized that there was no way possible to make the amount of money that I was told. In fact when I got my first check it was far less than what I was making on my unemployment! So after 15 days I quit so I could look for another job that pays what I need to live. Is it still possible to get benefits because I was decieved about the amount of money I would make? I really would rather work even if I earned the same as my benefit amount, but I can't live on anything less than that.

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I applied online for CA unemployment benefits. I forgot to state that I receive 5 days Vacation pay as part of my termination. I also stated that June 5 was my last day of work (which it was) but I had an unpaid leave of absence that ends Aug. 30: is August 30 my last day of work? How can I rectify these? mdutcher2

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I was wondering if someone could help me with an unemployment question? Would you be required to take a job that pays about 15% less than what you were making, but it was offered by your former employer? Also, would you be required to take it if you signed up for vocational school and this job would not allow you to attend daytime or nightime classes, becasue the hours of the job are 11am to 7pm? In either case, would you lose your unemployment benefits?

Any help would be great! Thanks :)

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hello...yes..to both questions...
im in the same situation myself...however,you can receive county benefits until your unemployment is denied or accepted. If youre denied you can keep receiving county/state benefits. Schooling is not considered employment so they require you to work first. Its in the unemployment handbook in the http://www.uimn.org website.

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Captaingrl4u, Your question is pretty complicated. Your best option is to talk to someone from your state's unemployment agency. Select your state from the list in our, 'Getting Unemployment' article. http://www.thebeehive.org/jobs/unemployment-101/getting-unemployment

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so my request got denied b/c there was "no record of covered employment in the base period." do you have any idea how i would request reconsideration? would submitting a copy of my 1099 from 2008 listing payments for that year help?

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cmberns, read the determination letter and see if it tells you what the procedure is for challenging a determination. If not, here is the number for the Department of Employment Services: (202) 724-7000. Tell them that you wish to challenge their determination and then provide them with all of the proof you have of your earnings. You can also contact your previous employer and ask them to give you whatever proof they have that they paid you.

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I have been a 1099 employee in DC for 3 years. I was an independent contractor for a small PR company and essentially an employee, they just qualified me differently. I am recently laid off as my contract ended and they had no additional work, will this preclude me from getting unemployment in the District?

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Hey cmberns, check out this URLhttp://thebeehive.org)" class="glossary-icon">: http://does.ci.washington.dc.us/does/cwp/view,a,1232,q,537869.asp this page lists the eligibility requirements for unemployment insurance in Washington D.C. It seems like you probably meet the requirements so your best move would be to apply and let them make a determination.

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I am a officer and share holder of a company that I have not worked for in over three years.I do not receive any compensation from this company.I always payed into unemployment when I worked there.Being a officer and 10% share holder does this some how make me unable to collect my unemployment benefits?

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Because to the federal government you are considered still receiving earnings from your shares.

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ENCOREMIKE, I do not know the specifics of your situation or in what state you live, take a look at our article "Getting Unemployment" and click on your state to visit the appropriate website for your area. Also, take a look at another of our articles, "Get Help Getting Unemployment" for a list of organizations that can help you if it turns out that you need legal advice.

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I am currently on unemployment in Ca. I am having surgery this month. Will my unemployment benefits be affected or delayed in any way? On the Ca unemployment web site is does not offer this question.

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Nesquer, Call 1-800-300-5616. This is the telephone number to get a customer service representative for questions regarding unemployment insurance in California. Explain your circumstances as clearly and honestly as possible and they should be able to provide you with the correct answer.

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I had short term disability for 1 year..is that the same as unemployment? Welfare office said I had money in my unemployment bank, does that mean I can apply for unemployment? even tho i was short term disability? Hope you can help TY :)

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Mgarcia, I don't know the answer as each specific case is different but I can tell you where to go for help. Select your state from the list on this page: http://www.thebeehive.org/jobs/unemployment-101/getting-unemployment for info on where to contact your local unemployment office. Also, the resources on this page: http://www.thebeehive.org/jobs/unemployment-101/getting-unemployment/get... offer free legal help to people with employment related issues.

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