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How Can I Determine How Much My Unemployment Check Would Be?

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Unemployment benefits can vary depending on what state you live in, the amount of pay you received at your previous job and the length of time you were there. If you have just lost your job or are currently out of work, you are not guaranteed to be eligible for unemployment benefits. As a result, it is important to make sure you have spoken to someone to make sure that you qualify before you start making any calculations.

While there are many websites that offer tests and checks to determine how much unemployment benefits you are entitled to, these must be taken with a pinch of salt. The most accurate results you can find will be from contacting your state unemployment office directly. If you are unsure of the contact details for your state unemployment office, you can find plenty of information here: jobsearch.about.com/od/unemployment/a/unemploymentoff.htm Some state unemployment offices let you file for your claim online or over the phone, this is particularly useful if you live a good distance from the office, although doing it this way can sometimes involve sending some paperwork through the post.

Before you make your claim, make sure you have all of the documents and verification you need to hand, this includes but is not limited to your social security number, mailing address, information about your previous job and driver’s license. Once your information is sent off, you will receive a response from the unemployment office telling you whether your claim has been accepted and if so, how much compensation you are entitled to. Then, you will be able to access your account each week to claim your benefits and find out the balance that you have remaining. The quicker you file your claim after being unemployed and the more accurate you are with the information that you give, the faster you will be able to receive your benefits.

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