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State-by-state Guide on How to Check Your Unemployment Status

Want to check your unemployment status online? Here is complete state-wide guide on how to check the status of your unemployment claim.

When it comes to providing unemployment services, some states do a better job of streamlining the process than others. Depending on where you live, checking your unemployment status online is either a piece of cake or something of a hassle.

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Hopefully, a guide with links provided will make it easier for everybody.


Alabama

• Go to the Alabama Department of Labor Online Services page.

• Select “Unemployment Services.”

• Select “View Weekly Claim Certification Information/UI Claims Tracker.”

• Scroll down to select “Continue.”

• Select “View Claim Status.” 

• Log in, and follow the prompts.


Alaska

• Go to the MyAlaska page.

• Either create an account or sign in with your username and password if you’re already registered. Status information is available 24/7.


Arizona


• On the Department of Economic Security page, scroll down to “How Do I?” underneath the announcements.

• Select the first option, “Check the Status of a Weekly Claim.”

• On the next page, enter your Social Security number, or SSN. 

• Click “Continue” to proceed.


Arkansas


• Check benefits status on ArkNet, the Arkansas Continued Claims Internet website.

• Enter your SSN, date of birth and personal identification number, or PIN, to check the status of your account or weekly claims.


California


• Register for UI Online on this page of the Employment Development Department website. Follow the steps, click on the links, or watch the online tutorial if you need help.

• After you submit your registration, you’ll receive an email containing a link. Selecting the link completes the process. Note that if you don’t select the link within 48 hours, you’ll have to start all over. Be sure to check your spam folder if you don’t see the email. 


Colorado


• Create an account at MyUI.

• Log on with your username and password for 24/7 access to your claim.


Connecticut


• Go to the File for Unemployment Benefits page. 

• An online guide recommends checking your email daily, including the spam folder, for claim status updates.

• Once you’re approved and requesting weekly benefits, click on “File Your Weekly Claim and Manage Your Unemployment Claim,” the green box, to view the status of your most recent claim.


Delaware


• If you haven’t received confirmation in 10 to 14 days of your initial filing, send an email to uiclaims@delaware.gov.

• Check on weekly benefits here. You’ll enter your SSN and PIN and retype the provided security word.


Florida


• Go to the Florida Reemployment Assistance CONNECT page.

• If the site is overloaded, you’ll automatically be queued in the site’s virtual waiting room. Users are urged to file, check status and perform other tasks in a timely manner.

• If the site is closed for payment processing, it will state a time for returning.


Georgia


• Go to the My UI Login page. 

• Enter your SSN and the PIN you created when you applied to monitor your claim and payment status.


Hawaii


• On the Unemployment Insurance page, click on the “How To” link. Follow the steps for creating an account.

• Each time you want to file for weekly benefits or check claim or payment status, log on. Select “Claimant Services.”


Idaho


• From the Department of Labor site, click on “Claimant Portal.”

• Enter your user ID and password.

• Select “Manage Claims” to find out if there are issues with your claim or to monitor payments.


Illinois


• Go to the Illinois Department of Employment Security website.

• If you applied for unemployment online, log in at top right. From there, you can access status and payment information or choose other activities from the drop-down menu.

• If you applied for unemployment by phone, you must create an online account.

• You can monitor your account daily at any time except from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Indiana


• Go to the UpLink Claimant Self Service portal. 

• Log in with your email address and username to check the initial claim status or file weekly benefit claims. Your initial application may take up to 21 days to process.


Iowa


• Visit the Iowa Workforce Development site.

• Scroll down to select “File Your Weekly Unemployment Claim,” the black box.

• On the next page, at bottom, select “Check the Status of a UI Claim.”

• After the initial filing process on a computer, you can access your account from any mobile device.


Kansas


• Check unemployment status online in Kansas on the Benefits Login page.

• Enter your username, password and PIN.


Kentucky


• Use the Unemployment Insurance Claims System. The system is available Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern time. Sessions expire after 50 minutes.

• Agree to the terms and conditions at the bottom of the homepage. Enter your SSN and PIN to continue.


Louisiana


• Log into the HiRE portal with your username and password. 

• Select “Unemployment Services” to choose an activity from the menu.


Maine


• Create a Reemploy Me account.

• Select “Claimant Login” when you want to check your unemployment status online.

• Enter your user ID and password.


Maryland


• Create an account on BEACON by clicking on the “Get Started with BEACON One-Stop” link.

• Choose “Log in to My Account” to see claim updates.


Massachusetts


• Go to Unemployment Insurance Online.

• Select “What Would You Like to Do?” Choose “Log in to UI Online for Claimants.”

• Enter and confirm your SSN, and follow the prompts.


Michigan


• Go to the MIWAM for Claimants page.

• Click “Sign in With MILogin.”

• You might come to a virtual waiting area, but you’ll be automatically redirected to claimant services.

• Enter your login information.


Minnesota


• On the Applicant Self-Service page, select “Log Into My Account” at top right.

• Enter your SSN and password on the next page to view your status. 


Mississippi


• To check your unemployment status in Mississippi, start from the AccessMS page.

• Click on “Login” under “Claimant Services.”

• Enter your username and password.


Missouri


• From the official state website, click on the link under “Check Claim Status.”

• Enter your user ID and password on the next page to log in.


Montana


• Use the MontanaWorks website.

• Select the “Job Seeker & UI Claimant” tab.

• Log in as a claimant with your user ID and password.


Nebraska


• From the NEWorks page, click on “Log in to Access Unemployment Services.”

• Enter your user ID and password.

• Once you’re in, you can access the “Unemployment Services” menu.


Nevada


• Click on “For UI Claimants” on the Nevada Unemployment Insurance website.

• Under “I Want To,” select “Sign in as an Existing Claimant.”

• Enter your username. Click “Continue” for access to your claim.


New Hampshire


• Go to the New Hampshire Employment Security site.

• Click on “Let’s Get Started.”

• Select “Login” at the bottom of the next page, and enter your username and password.

• Under “UI Online,” select the appropriate pink box.

• On the NHUIS pages, choose a location from the drop-down menu. Click “Proceed.”

• On the next page, scroll down to the table for detailed claim information.


New Jersey


• Go to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development site.

• Select “If You Already Filed a Claim” at the top.

• Select “Check Claim Status.”

• Fill out the form on the next page, and hit “Enter.”


New Mexico


• Create an account with the New Mexico Workforce Connection Online System. Click on “Individual,” and follow the prompts.

• Under “Quick Menu” on the left, choose “Unemployment Insurance” for access to your account.


New York


• Sign into your account on the New York Department of Labor website.

• On the “My Online Services” page, click on “Unemployment Services” followed by “View Payment History.” 


North Carolina


• Create an account on the Division of Employment Security website.

• Log in to access “Go to My Account.”


North Dakota


• To access the Unemployment Insurance Internet Claims Entry System, or UI ICE, log into the North Dakota Secure System.

• Follow the prompts on UI ICE to view claim status and file for your benefits.


Ohio


• On the Department of Job and Family Services homepage, select “Check the Status of an Unemployment Claim” in the “Unemployed Workers” section.

• After agreeing to the terms, log in with your SSN and PIN.


Oklahoma


• Start from the main page of the Employment Security Commission.

• Under Your Claim & Status, click “Manage Claim.”

• Sign in under “Access Benefits” on the next page.


Oregon


• Go to the Online Claim System.

• Select “Status of Your Claim and Weekly Reports.”

• Enter your SSN and PIN at the prompts.


Pennsylvania


• Pennsylvania’s Claim Status Login page is very straightforward. Just click on the link in the first paragraph.

• Log in at the prompt.


Rhode Island


• On the Department of Labor and Training page, select “Claim Status” under “Need to Know.”

• On the next page, click on the appropriate link.

• Sign in with your SSN and claim confirmation number.


South Carolina


• Go to the unemployment insurance portal, also called MyBenefits.

• Enter your username and password — and verify that you’re a human — to access your claim status.


South Dakota


• On the Department of Labor and Regulation site, click on the “Log in Here to Access Your Account” icon.

• The status of your initial claim will be in green under the welcome message.

• The status of weekly payments is under “Payment History.”


Tennessee


• Go to the Check Claim Status page.

• Click on “Unemployment Claim Tracker” under “Tracking Your Claim’s Progress.”

• Log in on the next page.


Texas


• From the Texas Workforce Commission website, select “Unemployment Benefits Services” under “Quick Links” at top right.

• Select “Logon” under “On This Page.”

• Select “Log on With Your Existing TWC User ID.”

• Select “Claim and Payment Status” under “Quick Links.”


Utah


• Go to the Eligibility page.

• Scroll all the way down to “How to Contact the Utah Unemployment Insurance Program.”

• Click the link (the word “here”) for logging in to check claim status.


Vermont


• To check your unemployment status, use the claimant portal.

• Enter your SSN and PIN to view your account.


Virginia


Knowing how to check your unemployment status can be tricky in Virginia. Try this:


• Go to the Virginia Workforce Connection.

• Click on “Unemployed — File Your Weekly Claim for UI Payments.”

• Log in with your username and password. That should give you access to what you’re looking for.


Washington


• Go to the Sign in for eServices page.

• Sign in under “SecureAccess Washington” to manage your claim and benefits.


West Virginia


• Go to Workforce West Virginia.

• Enter your SSN and PIN, and copy the provided security code.


Wisconsin


• Visit Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance Benefit Services.

• Accept the terms and conditions.

• Enter your username and password to log in.


Wyoming


• Go to the WYUI homepage. 

• Enter your user ID and case-sensitive password to manage your account and view your unemployment status online.


Washington, D.C.


• Go to the Department of Employment Services page.

• Select “Account Sign In.”

• Enter your SSN and password to access all claimant services.


Being out of work is stressful enough without confusion over how to check your unemployment status. We hope this helps.


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Frequently asked questions

What are unemployment benefits?

Unemployment benefits, also known as “unemployment insurance,” is a program run by state governments to help support citizens who have recently lost their jobs via temporary cash assistance. This comes in the form of a weekly check in the mail or direct deposit, based on the amount you were earning previously and how many people depend on you for financial support.

The money comes from taxes that businesses pay the state government each paycycle on behalf of their employees.

How do I know if I’m eligible for unemployment benefits?

You’ll need to check the eligibility requirements in your state, which can be found here.

Because of COVID-19, self-employed workers and gig workers are newly eligible for assistance, so pay close attention to any updated materials.

How long can I receive unemployment benefits?

After filing a claim, those who are eligible can receive assistance for usually up to 26-weeks, but this has increased an additional 13-weeks because of COVID-19.

Will unemployment benefits have to be paid back? Will I have to pay taxes on the money?

As long as you are following the rules of the program, which are specific to each state, the money will not have to be paid back. You will be required to pay a tax of 10% on the funding, which you can choose to have withheld from the check or to pay while filing your annual state/federal taxes at a later date.

Please note that it is illegal to file a claim for unemployment benefits if you do not meet the requirements. If caught, you face a penalty of even more than the amount received in assistance.

How do I apply for unemployment benefits?

Complete the quiz at the top of the page to be directed to your state's online benefit application.