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How to File a UI Claim
A claim for Unemployment Insurance may be filed in person at any Department of Workforce Services office or on forms for filing claims by mail, which have been placed in most public buildings.
Claims must be filed with a State Department of Workforce Services office. Certain conditions must be met during each week for which benefits are payable.
To be eligible, you must be:
ABLE TO WORK means being physically and mentally able to perform work similar to work you performed in the past or other work for which you are fitted by experience and training to perform and have a reasonable expectancy of obtaining.
AVAILABILITY FOR WORK means being ready to accept work at once, and there are not circumstances, personal or otherwise, which would prevent you from accepting suitable work.
REASONABLE EFFORT TO FIND WORK means making personal efforts to secure suitable work by contacting persons with hiring authority, union local, etc., or doing those things reasonable for you to do in regard to your occupation which would result in your finding employment as soon as possible.
After a reasonable period of time, you must expand your efforts and seek work in related fields which utilize a lesser skill.