Alabama

How to Apply for Unemployment in Alabama

If you live in Alabama and have recently become unemployed, you can apply for unemployment online by submitting an unemployment application. If accepted, you will receive a sum of money for up to 99 weeks to help cover the cost of living. In order to be eligible for unemployment, you must have lost the job through no fault of your own. For example, a worker who was fired due to constantly missing work will not be eligible, but a worker who was laid off due to company sizing will be eligible.

Start by gathering all the necessary documents needed to receive unemployment. This includes your Social Security number, work history for the past year and a half, the phone number, address and dates of employment, and your alien registration number, military release papers or Trade Adjustment Assistance letter if applicable.

Visit the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations website at dir.alabama.gov. Click on the "Unemployment Worker" banner located in the center of the screen. Select "File a Application for Unemployment." The web page will prompt you to allow cookies. Select "Yes" as this is required when filing for unemployment in Alabama.

Read through the fine print before starting. This will tell you whether or not you're eligible. If you have filed a claim in another state within the past year, have worked for the federal government within the past year and a half, or are currently living outside of the US, you will not be able to apply. Once you confirm that you are eligible, click the "Proceed" button to continue.

On the following page, you will be asked to enter your Social Security number. Double check that this number is correct as this will be your login information. You will also be asked to create a four digit pin number which will serve as your password. Once you've confirmed that these numbers are correct, you can proceed to the next page.

Answer each question honestly when asked and avoid exaggerating on the amount of money previously made. This will only put you at a higher risk of being rejected. Once all the questions have been answered, send in the application by clicking the "submit" button located at the bottom of the page.

You will be contacted and asked to have a phone interview in the coming days. If the phone interview goes well, you will begin receiving unemployment benefits within a few weeks.


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