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Applying for Unemployment

We are an online resource to help answer your questions, check eligibility and assist in applying for Unemployment. You will also be advised if you qualify for additional benefit programs and receive our benefit guide.

Hawaii Unemployment Insurance Benefits 


All primary features of unemployment insurance benefits in Hawaii are described in this report. It covers unemployment insurance eligibility, how to apply for unemployment insurance coverage and more. You will learn about what defines an acceptable separation from work, and your situational and monetary eligibility for benefits. Regarding separation from work and eligibility, there is information in this report on what happens if you quit work, are fired, are enrolled in an educational program, are sick or disabled, or put any restrictions on what type of work you will take. The situational factors, which will be covered in more detail, include being a Hawaii resident and being able, available, and willing to work, as well as actively looking for work. Furthermore, you will find out about your Hawaii unemployment reporting requirements. 


Regarding the EDD unemployment application process, you will learn where and how to apply for benefits, what identification and documents you will need to provide, and what is involved in the Hawaii Unemployment Registration process. The calculation of your HI unemployment claim amount is described in a thorough step-by-step explanation on our Benefits page. Additionally, you will become familiar with terms such as claim date, base period, gross earnings and more, and you will learn about the mandatory waiting period and the steps to file for weekly benefit payments.


If you are denied unemployment insurance benefits in Hawaii, the report describes the possible reasons for denial. This includes both potential causes for initial disqualification and reasons why your unemployment insurance benefits may be terminated after you are accepted into the Hawaii program. When you are denied unemployment insurance, you can find important information in the Denial section regarding how you can approach the state appeals process.


Finally, three different programs are described for unemployment compensation extensions, helping you understand how you can best take advantage of those. These programs include Emergency Unemployment Compensation, Federal-State Extended Duration and State Additional Benefits.

Hawaii Unemployment Insurance Eligibility


Unemployment insurance eligibility in Hawaii is determined by specific regulations. Both initial eligibility for unemployment and continued eligibility (after you have been accepted into the HI program) are governed by these rules. The regulations involve how you were separated from work, your ability to work, your availability to work, your continued looking for work, and your willingness to accept a job for which you are reasonably qualified.


How to Sign up for Unemployment Insurance in Hawaii


To apply for unemployment benefits in Hawaii, you have a couple of options at your disposal. However, before you file an unemployment EDD application within the state, you must first consider important aspects of the filing process, including where to sign up for unemployment if you cannot do so online.


Hawaii Unemployment Benefits Claims


The processes for how to claim unemployment benefits in Hawaii, for registering for work and for maintaining continued eligibility for federal unemployment benefits are all covered by state regulations. If you intend on claiming benefits for unemployment, you must familiarize yourself with the state department and its requirements before you apply.


Denied Unemployment Benefits in Hawaii


The reasons for denied unemployment benefits in Hawaii are varied and may involve an initial disqualification or a problem that occurred during the course of your filing for weekly benefits. Should an applicant be denied employment in HI, he or she has recourse to file an unemployment denial appeal with the state.


Hawaii Unemployment Benefits Extensions


“What can I do to extend unemployment in Hawaii?” is likely a question on the minds of the numerous unemployed individuals of the state who are currently receiving benefits. Fortunately, there is a process for how to get an unemployment extension within the state, as well as established guidelines regarding who is eligible to receive an unemployment extension. First off, there are two types of unemployment benefits extensions available to those beneficiaries who meet the eligibility requirements. The first factor that determines whether or not you can receive a federal unemployment extension in Hawaii is if the state is experiencing a period of high unemployment. If it is not, HI unemployment compensation extensions cannot be offered.