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New York State Employment Resources
New York Unemployment Assistance
Unemployment Insurance is temporary income for eligible workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. File your claim the first week that you lose your job. If you are eligible, you will be paid for all benefits from that date forward. You must certify your eligibility for benefits weekly online or over the phone to receive benefits. Following the expiration of New York State’s COVID-19 State of Emergency, the Unemployment Insurance unpaid waiting period rule is once again in effect. New Unemployment Insurance claims filed on and after June 28, 2021 will include an unpaid waiting week. Claimants will not receive payment for the first full week of a claim but must still claim weekly benefits and fulfill eligibility requirements. For more information, visit on.ny.gov/wwfaqs. PLEASE NOTE: As of September 5, 2021, several federal unemployment benefit programs, including PUA, PEUC, EB, and the FPUC and MEUC supplements, have expired, per federal law.
Weekly Unemployment Benefits
Once you have filed a claim for benefits, you must also claim weekly benefits for each week you are unemployed and meet the eligibility requirements. This is also called “certifying for benefits.” You can start certifying as soon as you receive a notification from the DOL. Go to www.labor.ny.gov/signin. You must continue to certify every week you are unemployed in order to continue to receive benefits.
During this process, you are confirming that you were unemployed for all or part of the past week and that you met all other conditions of receiving benefits. Each week you are certifying benefits you will be asked if you are ready, willing and able to work, and have been actively looking for work. Your weekly benefit payment amount (benefit rate) depends on how much and when you were paid before you became unemployed. There is a formula we use to calculate your rate.
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