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Unemployment Benefits

You are entitled to any monies that are due you after losing your job.

Workers are facing high rates of unemployment. Many are in need of income to keep their homes or to buy food. There are some safety nets, like unemployment insurance for employees who have lost their job through no fault of their own and meet certain eligibility requirements.

Unemployment insurance is administered by the states, and the laws and eligibility vary by state. The amount of unemployment compensation you receive depends on many factors, including the state you live, the salary of your previous employment and so on.

Federal employees also are eligible for unemployment compensation. Federal unemployment compensation is administered through the states as well. Payments or unemployment for federal employees is paid for by various federal agencies.

You may be ineligible for unemployment for several reasons, such as:

1)      You engaged in misconduct on the job and that behavior led to your firing.

2)      You voluntarily quit your job without good cause. What is good cause varies by state.

3)      You are not able to work or available for work.

4)      You refuse an offer of suitable work.

5)      You knowingly make false statements to obtain benefit payments.

If you have been denied unemployment benefits you believe you are entitled to receive, you must contact your state workforce agency. Remember: Each state sets its own eligibility requirements.

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