Montana Weekly Unemployment Application

Montana Weekly Unemployment Applications are free and somewhat simple to use. Before you can get your weekly unemployment claim benefits from Montana you will have to verify that you are a citizen or a legal alien. If you live in Montana but your work life or residency is in another state, you may need to contact the other state to claim weekly unemployment benefits.

If your employer paid into the Montana unemployment system and you have lost your job due to your employer's economic problems, you should definitely claim weekly unemployment. Legitimate reasons include the following: business downsizing, lay-off, or closure.

In order to get your benefits, you will have to file a successful initial claim and then make a weekly claim for unemployment. To get a Montana Weekly Unemployment Application, you can go online to the Montana unemployment department at

Before you begin collecting Montana unemployment weekly, be ready with your complete mailing and phone information, your Social Security number, and addresses and phone number for your employer or employers for the last 18 months. Other information you might need: military forms DD214, Member 4; federal employee form SF8 or SF50; name and local number of your union hall; and/or if you are not a U.S. citizen, alien registration card number and its expiration date.

To make it simple to collect your unemployment weekly claim benefits, you will also want to have your bank routing number and account number for your checking account. Both numbers are located at the bottom of your check.

You can also register by phone. For those in the Helena regional area, the telephone center number is 406-444-2545. In the Billings region, you can call 406-247-1000. Claim centers are open weekly from 8 to 4:30 (MTTF) and 10-4:30 Wednesdays. They are closed on the weekends.

Once you are approved, you must call bi-weekly (every two weeks) to certify your job search activities. To claim weekly unemployment benefits, you call 800-207-0667. In Helena unemployment weekly benefits can be verified at 444-9800. If you file after 5:30 p.m. on Friday, the weekly unemployment claim will be processed on Monday. Each day the system is available 18 hours a day. However it is down from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and from 1:30-4:30 a.m.

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