Checklist: Information You'll Need to File for Unemployment


Find out what you will need on hand to apply for unemployment benefits in State and where to go for a complete list.



Whether you file for unemployment online, in person, or by phone, use this checklist to make sure you have all of the information and documents you'll need:

  • basic personal information, including your name, address, phone number, and Social Security number
  • information on all employers you have worked for in the last year and a half, including the company's name, address, and phone number; the start and end dates of your employment; and your earnings
  • the last date you worked for your previous employer
  • the reason why you are no longer working for your previous employer
  • information on payments you are receiving or expect to receive from your previous employer, such as severance pay, and
  • if you are not a United States Citizen, your alien registration number.

You can find out whether you'll need additional documents or information by contacting your state's unemployment agency.


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