It is recommended that you file your claim online, as it typically takes less time to file a claim this way since you will not need to wait to speak to a representative. However, the simplest way to apply is always going to be the way that makes you feel more comfortable.
Wyoming representatives will need you to have certain documents available when it comes to applying for unemployment benefits, so you must be prepared to have your claim processed as quickly as possible. Below is a list of information, and/or documentation you will need to apply:
Your personal Social Security number, or SSN
The last day you worked
The mailing address, proper name and phone number of your most recent employer
In addition, if you worked outside of Wyoming in the last 18 months, the same information will be necessary from those employers.
Once you have this information in front of you, you can go back to the two different ways to apply, and decide which one is best for you. If you decide to apply online, utilize the following website to do so: https://doe.state.wy.us/. If you decide it is best for you to apply by phone, then the best phone number to call is 307-235-3264. If you need additional help, you can opt to call the Help Line first at 307-235-3264.
Do I Qualify?
Ultimately, the decision will be made based on a series of federal mandates that also apply to all state laws. Here are some things to know about Unemployment benefits in Wyoming and how you can qualify to claim them:
You must be unemployed due to no fault of your own. For example, if you were fired from your job due to violating any of their rules, you will not qualify for unemployment insurance. However, if you are let go from a job and you are not at all at fault, then you can qualify for unemployment insurance.
You also must have earned sufficient wage credits. For example, if you are 18 years old, and have only worked for 3 weeks out of your life, you will likely not have earned enough wage credits to receive unemployment benefits. However, if you are 18 years old, and have worked regularly for the past two year, then you may qualify. The more hours you have put into working, the more of a chance you will have to qualify for unemployment benefits.
You must ACTIVELY look for work while on unemployment. When claiming weeks, you must provide information on businesses you have applied to.
If you have further questions on qualifying for unemployment benefits and filing a claim, the FAQs page available here will be very helpful: http://wyomingworkforce.org/.
What happens next?
After you apply for unemployment, hopefully, your initial attempt will be successful and you will not need to appeal. It can take up to four to six weeks for unemployment benefits to be approved and begin being disbursed to you. This timeline can waver due to demand.
Once you are approved, you will find out how much your benefit amount will be. According to the Wyoming Workforce website, “The maximum weekly benefit amount from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 is $471. The minimum weekly benefit for this same time period is $33. These numbers can change each year; they are determined by a formula in the Wyoming statutes.” This amount is evaluated each year.
In Wyoming, you can be paid up to 26 weeks on benefits in one year before you will need to apply for continued eligibility, or extended benefits.