Apply and Receive Hawaii Unemployment

If you are unemployed or have had your hours drastically reduced you are well aware of the financial burden that ensues, most especially during this trying time of nationwide economic hardship. Fortunately, if you worked in the state of Hawaii you may be able to apply for unemployment compensation to help maintain some security until you are employed again.

To complete the Hawaii unemployment application and apply for benefits you may do so either by telephone or online.

To file by telephone in Hawaii, call 643-5555 Mondays through Thursdays from 6:30 am to 11:00 pm, on Fridays from 6:30 am to 4:30 pm, and Sundays from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm. If you are calling from outside of Hawaii to apply or inquire about receiving unemployment benefits you should call 1-877-215-5793 during the same hours.

When filing a Hawaii application for unemployment over the telephone for the first time you must answer a series of questions using a touchtone phone and then speak to a customer service representative (CSR). CSR hours are Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. The best time to call, with the shortest wait times are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

To apply to receive unemployment online, point your web browser to https://huiclaims.hawaii.gov/UI_ClaimWEB/home.jsf. Although the Internet is always available, to apply for unemployment online you must do so during the hours of 6:30 am and 11:00 pm Hawaii Standard Time Mondays through Fridays or from 9:00 to 11:00 pm on weekends and holidays.

In addition to meeting a series of requirements to receive unemployment, including earning enough wages prior to unemployment, applicants must also register with the State Workforce and Development Division (WDD) within seven days of applying to be qualified.

To complete this vital part of the Hawaii application for unemployment, you must post your resume at https://www.hirenethawaii.com after registering by creating a user name and password. On this site you will also find a wealth of information regarding employment, unemployment compensation, and veterans and youth services.

If you're unable to post your resume from home to finish the requirements for the Hawaii unemployment application you may visit one of the state's One-Stop career centers. To find the closest center, log onto http://hawaii.gov/labor/wdd/onestops which also provides telephone numbers and driving directions.

Before receiving unemployment benefits in Hawaii a one week waiting period must be served making it important to apply as soon as possible.

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