Can I File For Unemployment If I Collect My Social Security?

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Majority of the states, especially the developed ones, help maintain the living standards of their unemployed citizens by providing the unemployed people with unemployment insurance package.  Many citizens are not aware about the details and procedure of these government provided packages, therefore, they are not sure if they can file for unemployment if they collect Social Security.

The answer to this question is really simple and easy. The social security benefits, such as the retirement benefits, have no effect upon the individual's unemployment packages. Therefore, there is no restriction on people registered within the unemployed packages, availing the social security benefits, to file for unemployment.

In most of the states, the social security benefits tend to reduce the amount of unemployment benefits. For instance, if an individual is getting unemployment benefits and social security benefits, the amount of unemployment benefits received will be less as compared to the amount of unemployment benefits being given to another person. 

Furthermore, the unemployment benefits are not tax evasive.  The receiver of these benefits has to pay taxes levied upon them.

The unemployment packages designed by government are intended to provide monetary relief to the workers who have been unemployed through no error of their own. However, this financial relief is only provided to individuals for a particular period of time or till the time the individual finds a job. 

As this package is provided by the state under the federal law, the state law determines the eligibility criteria, the amount of benefits being provided and the duration for which it will be provided.  

However, in order to classify for this unemployment package, the individual needs to pass a certain criteria. First and the foremost criteria for getting registered with the unemployment program is that the individual shouldn't be unemployed due to his own fault.

Furthermore, it is essential that the individual should be mentally and physically able to work for at least half the day. Therefore, the individual should actively engage in seeking job.   

In order to find other minor and important details about the unemployment benefits, following websites can be referred, lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/ui/content/faq.html
ctlawhelp.org/your-rights-when-you-apply-for-unemployment-co
www.labor.ny.gov/ui/claimantinfo/beforeyouapplyfaq.shtm
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Suhail Ajmal answered
Yes you can file unemployment even if you collect your social security. Federal law requires social security number when you want to file unemployment but do remember that you must have 680 hours of work in the base year and also you didn't quit the job. If you have quited the job by your will then your eligibility is upon the committee decision.
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I had to quit my job because I was making more money than SSDI allowed me to. I told my employer I had to quit to be able to control the amount of hours and money I make ,to recieve my SSID. They told me after I got things taken care of, they would hire me back. After I did, they decided not to hire me back. What do I do?
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I am 67 and work full time  because I can't pay for all my medication I take and my house bills. I will be loosing my job july 13 2010 because our company lost there contract. Can I also get unemployment since I am on social security to in texas
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I am 64 yrs. Old and working full time, but if I lose my job and I apply for unemployment and Social Security benefits?
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Was fired March 2007 and have been collecting unemployment. I just turned 62 in Jan 2010.Can I file for social security and still collect unemployment.
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I lost my job last year and am collecting Unemployment.  I just turned 65 and started receiving Social Security which amount is less than my Unemployment.  Can I continue to collect my Unemployment Benefits?
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I work in Texas for a college in which I pay into TRS (Teachers Retirement System).  I am 70 years old, working full time and collecting social security only (I will not collect my TRS benefit until I retire).  If I am laid off, will I be able to collect unemployment benefits?
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I have just been informed I will be laid off in two months.  I have worked at this job for three years.  I have 5 children, 3 of them receive survivors benefits from their deceased father.  Will I still be able to collect unemployment in ILL
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I quit my job because the social security department said I was making to much money. I talked to my employer about this, they said they would hire me back when I got my situation taken care of. About a week and a half later, I did resolve the problem. I called my employer and told them I could go back to work. They told me they decided not to hire me back. With no reason. What do I do?
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Will unemployment earnings be reduced if you are receiving Social Security monthly?
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I am 68 and life in california, if I am fired from my full time job or laid off can I collect unemployment and social security

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