Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment insurance is temporary income for eligible workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own; who are ready, willing, and able to work; and who have sufficient past work and wages in covered employment. 

You can apply for unemployment benefits by filing a claim on the New York State Department of Labor’s website, https://www.labor.ny.gov/home/. You can also file a claim by calling the Department of Labor’s Telephone Claims Center at 1-888-209-8124. For more information about filing a claim, see the Department of Labor’s Claimant Handbook.

To claim your weekly benefits, inquire about the status of your claim, or obtain general information about unemployment insurance, you may go to the Department of Labor’s website, or call the Department of Labor’s automated Tel-Service at l-888-581-5812.

If you are denied benefits, you are entitled to a hearing before an administrative law judge to contest the denial. For more information about this process, please visit https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/claimantinfo/hearingprocess.shtm