How to Apply for Unemployment Compensation

Here is a video from the Department of Labor and Industry that walks you through the application:

Apply at or call the statewide number at 1-888-313-7284. Note: it may be difficult to reach UC by telephone during high volume times.

Need help understanding the application steps? Find a step-by-step guide created by the Department of Labor and Industry here.

After you open an unemployment claim, you must file a claim every two weeks at or by calling 888-255-4728 and:

  • Report any hours you worked
  • Report any paid time off (PTO) you received
  • Report any pay you earned

Reach out to UC with questions through their online chat system at

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