Apply and Receive Unemployment in Vermont

If you suddenly find yourself without a job, the thought of taking care of yourself and your family can become overwhelming. The bills continue to pile up, and you may not know where to turn. If you lost your job through no fault of your own or your hours have been cut to 35 hours or less, you may be eligible to receive unemployment. You must also have worked anytime within the last 18 months in Vermont in order to apply for unemployment.

 You can fill out an application for unemployment online at the Vermont Department of Labor's website. You could also call the Claims Center at 1-877-214-3330 to file. You will need to answer a series of questions about yourself and about your previous employers, and why you are no longer employed with them once you begin your unemployment application. If at any time you have any questions, you can call the Claimant Assistance Line at 1-877-214-3332.

After you file your initial unemployment claim, you will get information in the mail about your eligibility, your benefits, and other important information. If you are eligible, your first unemployment check will arrive within two weeks of your initial application. No matter what, you should remember to file weekly unemployment claims either online or over the phone, even if you haven't received any notice about your application yet. In order to receive your weekly benefits, you must file a weekly claim. When you file this claim, you will answer a series of questions about your search for work.

Once you begin receiving unemployment benefits, you can elect to have your benefits directly deposited into your bank account, or you can continue to receive a paper check. Vermont unemployment benefits are based on about 50% of your previous weekly earnings, so plan your financial obligations accordingly.

If you are not found eligible to receive benefits, you are allowed to file an appeal. You will next go to an appeal hearing in which you will be allowed to present information that supports your claim as to why you should receive unemployment benefits. Any and all information supporting this should be brought with you.

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