Unless you have been out of work repeatedly for an extended period of time, you usually are eligible for unemployment benefits.
You have a right to these benefits — your employer pays into a state fund to make sure you can rely on this income when you need it.
Each state has different procedures and policies to follow when filing for and collecting unemployment insurance. In general, states in the Regional Council’s jurisdiction pay unemployment benefits for up to 26 weeks in a 52 week period. The dollar amount you receive depends on how much money you made during your “base period”.
Each state allows you to apply for benefits online or by telephone.