Attention teachers and school employees: If you have questions about Unemployment Insurance, please go to our web page Guidance for Teachers and Other School Employees.
Important Notice: Beginning October 1, 2013, if you misstate information about your claim, you could face stiffer penalties for fraud. For more information about this and other provisions of Unemployment Insurance reform, please read our fact sheet Unemployment Insurance Reform for Claimants.
Scam Alert! Important information about scams targeting those applying for or receiving unemployment insurance, or those looking for a job.
Unemployment Insurance (UI) is temporary income:
To collect benefits, you must be ready, willing, and able to work, and actively looking for work during each week in which you are claiming benefits.
To qualify for UI benefits, you must have enough work hours and wages in covered employment. In New York State, employers pay contributions that fund UI. It is not deducted from your paycheck. The Department of Labor decides if you qualify for benefits.
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Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits ended on December 29, 2013. The Department of Labor encouraged claimants to continue claiming weekly EUC benefits in 2014 in case EUC was extended by Congress. This has not happened. Beginning August 3, 2014, you will no longer be able to certify for EUC benefits. Important: This does not apply to individuals receiving their first 26 weeks of regular Unemployment Insurance benefits.
Please do not call our Telephone Claim Center representatives for information about EUC. They cannot provide updates. Instead, we suggest you check this page and social media for new information if and when it becomes available. Your United States Senators' or Representatives' offices may also be able to provide information. If Congress extends EUC, further instructions will be added to the Department's website.
Tax form 1099G, which shows the total amount of unemployment insurance benefits paid during the 2013 calendar year, was mailed to claimants by January 31, 2014. You can view and print your 1099G for calendar year 2013 on this website immediately. Log in with your NY.GOV ID, then click on Unemployment Services and View/Print your 1099G. You can also request a copy by completing and mailing the Request for 1099G form. For more information, see our frequently asked questions.
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