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New York

If you have lost your job in the state of New York, you can file for New York unemployment benefits. New York’s Department of Labor handles all unemployment claims. The Department recommends that anyone who has become unemployed file a claim in the first week they are out of work. If you delay, you may lose some of your benefits. You can file for unemployment insurance by telephone or online. The maximum weekly unemployment benefit in New York State is $405.

To qualify for unemployment benefits in New York 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
  • Have had a minimum amount of work and wages leading up to unemployment
  •  Be actively seeking work
  •  Have worked in New York State during the past 18 months. If all of your work during the past 18 months has been in another state, you need to file for benefits in the state where you worked.


Eligibility for unemployment benefits in New York is determined after you have filed a claim.

To file an unemployment claim in New York, you will need:

  • Social Security number
  •  A valid driver’s license or photo identification card number
  •  Complete mailing address and zip code
  •  Telephone number where you may be reached between 9 – 5 p.m. on weekdays
  •  Employer Registration number or Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) of your most recent employer
  •  Most recent employer’s: name, address, phone number.
  • Alien Registration Number (if applicable)
  • Bank checking and routing numbers, if you plan to receive weekly unemployment benefits via direct deposit

Unemployed workers in New York may apply for benefits two ways:

  1.  Online: log on to the New York State Department of Labor’s website; and fill out your form online
  2. By telephone (In-state residents should call 1-888-209-8124
    Out of state residents should call 1-877-358-5306)

For each week you are unemployed, you will need to submit a claim for benefits.

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