File and Collect Alabama Unemployment

During these tough economic times, it is difficult for many families to support themselves. Fortunately, unemployment programs are in place across the country, and these programs can offer financial help to unemployed workers. However, some people may fail to file for unemployment because they dread filing paperwork for fear that it is confusing or complicated. Others may not understand how to collect unemployment. Fortunately, the state of Alabama has implemented two easy methods for filing unemployment benefits.

What You Will Need

To file for unemployment in Alabama, you will need the following information and documents:

  • Social security number
  • Your name, address, and phone number
  • Name, address, and phone number for all jobs you have had in the past 18 months
  • A state-issued id or driver's license
  • Member #4 copy of DD214 (for veterans only)
  • A work authorization card or number (for non-citizens)
  • Mother's maiden name
  • Name and phone number for your union hall, if applicable
  • Bank account number and bank routing number (only for those who want their payments deposited electronically)
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance letter and petition number (if applicable)

How to File Unemployment

After gathering the above information, those looking to file unemployment in Alabama should visit the Department of Industrial Relations' website at The website allows claimants to file online. The application is user-friendly and free of charge. The applicant simply enters basic information about themself and their employer. At the time of initial application, claimants are required to set up a four-digit id number (also called a PIN) as a security measure to access future unemployment benefits information.

In addition to filing unemployment online, claimants also have the option of filing for unemployment over the phone. The number to call is 1-866-234-5382. Callers are sent to an automated voice system where they answer basic, initial questions. The call is then routed to a live operator who gathers additional information. Those who file via phone need the same documents and information required to file unemployment online.

After the claim has been processed, the applicant will receive an approval or denial letter via mail. If approved, the applicant must completely weekly certifications via phone or internet for each week that they remain unemployed.

Though the filing process is simple, many people still have questions. Many of these questions can be answered by visiting the FAQ section of the website. Those who have any additional questions should call 1-800-361-4524.

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