At Work in New York City


Unemployment Benefits in New York City


Home > Expat Guides > North America > Usa > New York City
Tools:


Unemployment rates in New York State and city are around 5.7%. This is actually lower than the national average, but many people are still struggling to make ends meet economically.

Unemployment Insurance helps those unemployed by using tax revenue as a cushion so the unemployed may still collect a modest income. To collect unemployment one must not have a job, be actively looking for work in the prior 4 weeks, and are currently available for work. Actively looking for work may consist of any of the following activities:

  • contacting an employer directly or having a job interview
  • contacting a public or private employment agency
  • sending out resumes or filling out applications
  • placing or answering advertisements
  • or checking union or professional registers.

To file a claim, you should file in the first week that you have become totally or partially unemployed. It is important to file timely because your first week is an unpaid waiting week, commonly referred to as the "waiting period". A delay may cost you benefits. Some forms you will need to file:

  • Your Social Security number
  • Your New York State driver's license or Motor Vehicle ID card number (if you have either one)
  • Your complete mailing address and zip code
  • Telephone number where we can contact you between 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday
  • Your Alien Registration card number (if you are not a U.S. Citizen and have a card)
  • The names and addresses of all employers for whom you've worked within the last 18 months, including those employers in another state
  • Employer Registration number or Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) of your most recent employer (FEIN may be found on your W-2 forms) (if you have either)
  • Your copies of forms SF8 and SF50, if you had federal employment within the last 18 months
  • Your copy of your most recent separation form DD 214, if you are an ex-service member claiming benefits based on your military service
  • If you are unable to print, have a pen and paper available to write down important information >
  • If you are choosing to have direct deposit of your weekly benefits, you must have a check handy in order to enter your bank routing and checking account numbers

For help understanding your rights, go to http://www.uac-ny.org/.

For step-by-step instructions on filing a claim:
http://www.labor.state.ny.us.

Update 27/08/2010



Tools:

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Addthis

Recommended Service Partners

International Movers

When you move internationally you are taking a big step. Lots of things are changing and you have a million things to think about and take care of. If you are able to select a top of the line moving company that moves for a modest price, it can take a big weight of your shoulders in busy times.

Our network of international removal companies can move your furniture & possessions to Usa and anywhere overseas.

Filling in the form at the bottom will allow you to request up to 5 quotes from various moving companies. This service is free of charge and will help you select an international moving company that suits your needs and budget.



Do you have comments or personal information to communicate about this article? Add your comment.


Go to the Forum to talk more about unemployment benefits in New York City, at work.


Find more definitions and general answers on expatriation issues in the Expat FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).