Benefits of Filing for Delaware Unemployment

With a stagnant economy that shows few signs of improvement, finding a job can be a huge challenge. If you're currently unemployed or your hours have been cut significantly, it's difficult to keep a sense of financial stability without a steady paycheck. The emotional well-being of you and your loved ones can be affected by the loss of a stable income, causing you stress that can make it hard to focus on finding a new job. Fortunately, there's a way to replace part of your former income while you look for work in the form of Delaware unemployment benefits.

Filing for unemployment in Delaware is relatively easy. You can file an initial claim for unemployment in person at a local unemployment insurance office, or you can file online. If you choose to file in person, offices are located throughout Delaware, in Wilmington, Dover, Newark, and Georgetown. You can find the addresses and phone numbers for the offices here. If you prefer, you can file your initial claim online on the Internet Claims System. If you have general questions about how to collect benefits in Delaware, you can call the Unemployment Insurance Hotline at (302) 761-6576 in New Castle County, and (800) 794-3032 in Kent & Sussex Counties.

If you're deemed eligible for Delaware unemployment compensation, the benefits you can expect from the Division of Unemployment Insurance varies depending on your former income. Currently, the maximum weekly benefit in Delaware is $330. In order to determine your eligibility, regardless of whether you apply online or in person, you will need to provide some information about your former employers, as well as information about yourself. You will need your Social Security card, your contact information, and the contact information for all employers you have worked for in the past 18 months. You'll also need to provide the reason why you are no longer working for these employers. If you've served in the military in the last 18 months, you'll need to provide a DD214 form.

You should apply for Delaware unemployment benefits as soon as possible after being laid off or having your hours significantly cut. Ideally, you should apply for benefits during your first week or partial week of unemployment. This will help to reduce the chances that there will be a delay in you receiving your first week of benefits.

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