Hey, which state do I file for unemployment benefits? I hear this question a lot and yes, it matters because you want two things:
(1) The most money or benefits possible, and
(2) Prevent from getting your application denied.
Yes, but what state do I file for unemployment benefits?
This law office encourages applicant to review the dollar amounts for unemployment benefits in the state they live and the state they work. To help, here are some numbers to consider. However, if you cannot find the State you live or work, you can find additional numbers in a report provided by the Department of Labor.
Minimum Weekly Minimum: $ 25
Maximum Weekly Maximum: $ 640
Maximum Entitlement: $ 16,640
Minimum Weekly Minimum: $ 54
Maximum Weekly Maximum: $ 370
Maximum Entitlement: $ 9,620
Minimum Weekly Minimum: $ 62
Maximum Weekly Maximum: $ 511
Maximum Entitlement: $ 13,286
Minimum Weekly Minimum: $ 28
Maximum Weekly Maximum: $ 352
Maximum Entitlement: $ 9,152
Minimum Weekly Minimum: $ 43
Maximum Weekly Maximum: $ 594
Maximum Entitlement: $ 15,444
Do not ask your unemployment office for help
Do everything in your power to prevent yourself from asking the unemployment office which State do I apply for unemployment. For one, the staff answering phones at the unemployment office are not paying attention to other States.
In fact, it is the experience of this law office that many phone associates will send you to a different State for no reason other than it makes their job easier.
If you are forced to ask a representative at the unemployment office, be prepared to ask questions about “reciprocity“.
Why different offices give bad information
It is the opinion of this law office that an unemployment phone associate is helping their agency reduce overpayments, which is a huge problem impacting many of the unemployment agencies across the country.
Most important rule for picking state to apply for unemployment
Generally, as soon as a person files or applies for unemployment benefits in any State other than Minnesota, that person is automatically ineligible for benefits in Minnesota. For verification of this rule, please see Minnesota Statute 268.085. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule and each situation will be different.
Also, people applying for benefits and asking themselves which state do I file for unemployment benefits need to know about Minnesota Statute 268.131.