Unemployment Insurance (UI)

The Department of Labor's Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs provide unemployment benefits to eligible workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own, and meet certain other eligibility requirements.

Choose from the following Web pages to find information about who is eligible for these benefits and how to file a claim.

State Unemployment Insurance
The Federal-State Unemployment Insurance Program provides unemployment benefits to eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own (as determined under state law), and meet other eligibility requirements of state law.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)
Disaster Unemployment Assistance provides financial assistance to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster declared by the President of the United States.

Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees
The Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program provides benefits for eligible unemployed former civilian federal employees.

Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Servicemembers
The Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Servicemembers program provides benefits for eligible ex-military personnel.

Extended Benefits
Extended Benefits are available to workers who have exhausted regular unemployment insurance benefits during periods of high unemployment.

Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA)
Trade Readjustment Allowances are income support to persons who have exhausted Unemployment Compensation and whose jobs were affected by foreign imports.

Self-Employment Assistance
Self-Employment Assistance offers dislocated workers the opportunity for early re-employment.

Through One-Stop Career Centers, all citizens can access services tailored to their individual needs.  This includes employment and job training services, career planning and guidance and much more.

America’s Career Kit provides electronic tools to assist workers with finding a job, utilizing available training opportunities or conducting career planning.  There is no cost to businesses or workers who use this service. 

The Department of Labor's toll-free Call Center can assist workers and employers with questions about Job Loss, Layoffs, Business Closures, Unemployment Benefits and Job Training: 1-877-US-2JOBS (TTY: 1-877-889-5627)

Additional information on topics relevant to the unemployed can be found on the Department of Labor's Web interface, Find It! By Audience — Job Seekers/Unemployed.