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Would you like to get a text message when your 1099G for 2017 is available to download from your online account? Text 1099 to 81336.

Did you lose your job or income as a direct result of Hurricane Irma or Maria? If yes, contact the Telephone Claims Center at (888) 209-8124 for assistance. Please note: Individuals from Puerto Rico have until January 11, 2018 to file a claim for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Individuals from the Virgin Islands have until December 29, 2017.

Do you currently participate in a Shared Work program? Please take a moment to answer a few quick questions (on SurveyMonkey) about your experience. Please do not do the survey unless you are currently participating in a Shared Work program. Thank you!

Do you work for a school or school district? See Unemployment Insurance Rules for Teachers and Other School Workers.

The Unemployment Insurance Program changed to KeyBank for debit card services. For more information, visit If you collected benefits on a Chase Direct Payment Card, read a notice to claimants.

Unemployment Insurance is temporary income:

  • For eligible workers
  • Who lose their jobs
  • Through no fault of their own

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 Unemployment Insurance benefits, you must have worked and earned enough wages in covered employment. In New York State, employers pay contributions that fund Unemployment Insurance. It is not deducted from your paycheck. The Department of Labor decides if you qualify for benefits.

Important information for claimants:

Unemployment Insurance Rules for Government Workers

Unemployment Insurance Rules for Teachers and Other School Workers

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