If you lost your job in Hawaii, you can file for unemployment benefits. Unemployment claims in Hawaii are administered by the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

To qualify for unemployment benefits in Hawaii you must either be totally or partially unemployed through no fault of your own. This may include:

• Being totally laid off from your regular job
• Having your work hours reduced

To qualify you must:

• Have had employee status at your former job; independent contractors are not eligible for unemployment.
• Have an minimum amount of work and wages leading up to unemployment.
• Be actively seeking work, making at least three job contacts a week
• Be available for work.
• Register with the Hawaii Workforce Development Division within 7 days of applying for unemployment.

You’ll need to provide the following information when you apply for Hawaii unemployment benefits:

• Name, address, phone
• Gender, marital status, number of dependents, and years of education
• Birthdate and place of birth
• Information about citizen or legal immigration status
• Detailed information about all employment, full-time or part-time, for the past 18 months beginning
• Other sources of income, including Social Security retirement and disability benefits, workers compensation, and pension
• Previous unemployment benefits received
• Any physical or mental handicaps

You can file for unemployment in Hawaii online or by phone. Within Hawaii, call 643-5555 to apply by phone, and call 1-877-215-5793 from outside of Hawaii.

Inside Hawaii