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New York Unemployment Benefits Information

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.

How to Claim Unemployment Benefits in New York


To claim unemployment benefits in New York, former employees must meet the state’s qualifications stated above. Qualified workers can initiate an unemployment benefits claim for UI by calling the NY Department of Labor telephone claim center. The call center offers translators in many languages Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. Individuals can also use their NY.gov ID to file a claim online by following the simple prompts. Claimants who know how to claim unemployment benefits online, can also use the site for their weekly unemployment benefits claims. The application review process can take three to six weeks. State law requires a one-week waiting period for unemployment insurance compensation. During this first week holding period, claimants must fulfill all requirements, like job searching and certifying for benefits.