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Unemployment Lifeline

Unemployment benefits are available as a right (without a means test) to jobless workers who can prove they have been in the labor force and meet other requirements imposed by their states and the federal government for participation in the program.

The information provided on this website is general. Programs may vary from state to state, and even from county to county. Eligibility for programs may depend on the cause of your unemployment. To locate a program or agency mentioned here, contact your union representative or a local community action agency.
Some of the suggestions contained here involve legal issues and require legal advice from an attorney. If you do not have a family attorney, call the Legal Services Corporation, the Legal Aid Society or the Lawyer Referral Service of the local bar association. Remember: The most valuable resource you have is you. Hold your head up, keep a positive attitude and don’t give up.

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