File and Collect Arizona Unemployment

Arizona unemployment insurance is handled largely through the Internet. As soon as you are laid off or fired you should visit to file for unemployment and get the process started. Here is what you need to know about how to collect unemployment in Arizona.

Information Required

Before you start filing for unemployment, you will want to gather some information. You will need to know your Social Security number, driver’s license or state issued ID number, mailing address and county of residence.

You will also need the names, address and phone numbers of all employers you have been with for the last 18 months. You will need the last date you worked, information on any severance, holiday or vacation pay you received and information on your union hall. Military members will need copy #4 of their DD Form 214 and civil servants will need their SF 8 or SF50. Before filing unemployment, have this information assembled and ready.

Filing for Unemployment

Both the initial filing and the filing for weekly claims must be done either online or over the phone. People without Internet access can use a One-Stop Center or DES Employment Service office to complete the filing procedure. Call center hours for filing unemployment claims to apply for benefits are from 7:00 am until 5:00 pm on Monday through Friday. The number is 1-877-600-2722. Phoenix callers may use 1-602-364-2722 and Tucson callers can call 1-520-791-2722. TDD services are available at 1-877-877-6226.

Weekly unemployment filing can be done by calling the following numbers between the hours of 12:01 a.m. on Sunday and 6:00 p.m. on Friday. The main number is 1-877-766-8477. Phoenix residents may call 1-602-417-3800 and Tucson residents should call 1-520-884-8477. TDD services are available at 1-877-877-6226.


Arizona has strict eligibility requirements for people filing unemployment claims. In order to collect unemployment benefits, your unemployment must be through no fault of your own. Before you can file unemployment benefits request, you will have to establish what your earnings were leading up to your severance. The quarter of the calendar year immediately before your unemployment is not counted, Arizona will look at the four quarters leading up to the last full quarter. More information on the earnings requirements can be found at


When you file unemployment claims, the benefits will be paid to a debit card through the Electronic Payment Card program. The maximum weekly amount you can receive is $240 and the benefits will only be provided for up to 26 weeks. It is important that you file for unemployment as soon as you become unemployed. Arizona has a 1 week waiting period before an applicant can collect unemployment benefits. When submitting information for unemployment filing, it is important that you are completely honest and forthcoming about job applications, offers and any wages. Submitting false information to receive unemployment benefits is a crime and you can be prosecuted. For more information on how to collect unemployment in the State of Arizona, visit their main site at

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