You must file a weekly claim each week. A determination will not be made until you file a weekly claim. All weekly claims are for a calendar week which starts at 12:01 a.m. Sunday and ends at 12:00 midnight on the following Saturday. Weekly claims cannot be filed until after the calendar week has ended. View the paper Weekly Claim for Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefits (79 KB DOC). Note: the same questions must be answered on both the paper certification and when you use the Internet weekly claim filing system to file your weekly claims.
Below is a brief explanation for each of the questions you will be required to answer each week. NOTE: You must engage in a systematic and sustained effort to obtain work during at least FOUR days of the week and make at least one job contact per day on FOUR different days of the week.
- Were you able to work and available for work each regular workday?
Able to work – You had no mental or physical condition that would have prevented you from working or accepting work.
Available for work - You are available if you could have worked the hours and days normal for your occupation, had transportation to get to work, had child care available if needed, etc. You must be ready and willing to accept full-time work when offered without restrictions.
- Did you look for work? (You MUST report your work search )
Actively seeking work - You must engage in a systematic and sustained effort to obtain work during at least FOUR days of the week and make at least one job contact on FOUR different days of the week. You must make an active effort to seek work each week that you claim benefits. An active work search includes the usual methods of obtaining work that you are suited for by experience, education and/or training. An adequate search for work is a sincere, consistent effort, and is not just an attempt to remain eligible for benefits. General inquiries and phone calls are considered basic explorations of the job market. These should be accompanied by appropriate follow-ups, which may include personal visits and submission of applications and resumes.
Properly Reporting Your Weekly Work Search Efforts. To be considered eligible to receive benefits with respect to any week, you must be available for work and both of the following must apply: You must engage in a systematic and sustained effort to obtain work during at least four different days of the week and you have made at least one work search contact on each of those four days during the week. These contacts can be in person, by mail, or through the internet. Seeking work at your local Employment Service office can count as one of your contacts. Below is an example of an adequate work search. DO NOT COPY this example--it is meant to serve as a sample of what is considered as suitable work search.
What to do if You are Not Able to Conduct the Required Weekly Work Search
If you are unable to conduct a work search, a new question has been provided on your weekly certification which allows you to decline to file for the week if you do not meet the work search requirements. This option is available to you if you state that you “did not look for work” did not make efforts to obtain work during at least four days of the week and you did not make at least one work search contact on each of the four different days you looked for work during the week.If you did not report your work search efforts or it was inadequate and you wish to file for the week you will be disqualified for the remainder of your unemployment.
Note: If you decline to file for the week, you will not receive benefits but your claim will remain open to file future weekly certifications for benefits.