File and Collect Montana Unemployment

The fear of unemployment has turned into reality for millions in the U.S. An ever sagging economy has meant that persons from all backgrounds and socioeconomic levels have found themselves seeking unemployment benefits. Fortunately unemployment benefits provide safety nets for families who have no other means of maintaining the basic necessities like shelter and food. Unemployment benefits are paid for through an insurance program paid for by employers.

The state of Montana offers the opportunity for those who are out of work through no fault of their own to file unemployment. The program is administered through the Montana Unemployment Insurance Division. Those who may not be aware of how to collect unemployment can learn all about the process by visiting the Montana Unemployment Security Division website at, or by calling the agency at 1-800-207-0667. Whether filing for unemployment online or by telephone, an applicant must establish a personal identification number to access and enter information for the application and for weekly reporting.

.As with other states, Montana has basic unemployment filing criteria that applicants who file for unemployment must meet. An applicant will need to prove that he or she lost employment due to circumstances beyond personal control. Eligibility depends upon the amount of money earned the past 12-18 months, the reason for unemployment, ability to work and the availability to work, and the reason for the applicant becoming unemployed. Verification of United States citizenship or legal ability to work will also be considered.

When filing for unemployment in Montana, the applicant must provide personal information such as name, date of birth, address, and sources of income. Additionally information needed to for unemployment filing includes recent employers, last job worked and how long. The weekly amount received is based on the amount of money earned during the last first four of the last five quarters prior to filing unemployment. If money is earned during the benefit period, the amount of the unemployment payments will be reduced accordingly. Those receiving unemployment benefits must report weekly to the Montana Unemployment Security Division. Unemployment benefit recipients must be actively pursuing work. Failure to look for work, or failure to report any earnings can result in loss of benefits

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