If you recently lost your job through no fault of your own, you may qualify to receive Unemployment Insurance Benefits payments.
Be prepared with the following information before filing your initial claim:
Apply online anytime between 12:00am on Sunday through 6:00pm on Friday.
View step-by-step instructions on how to apply for Unemployment Insurance Benefits.
If you are participating in the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP), you must list your own phone number when filing an Unemployment Insurance claim so DES can contact you directly. Please do not use the ACP phone number.
UI applicants are automatically registered with Arizona’s largest jobs database, Arizona Job Connection (AJC) within 2 days of submitting their application. Applicants are encouraged to log in to AJC to complete their registration, create a digital resume, search for jobs, and get matched with hiring employers.
To submit a claim by mail, download and complete the Arizona Initial Claim for Unemployment Insurance (form UB-105).
Within approximately one week of filing your initial claim, you will receive the following information from DES in the mail:
Please print, sign, and return the Certificate of Understanding to the address or fax number listed on the form.
If we need more information to process your claim, we will mail you a questionnaire to complete and send back.
DES is doing everything possible to get Arizonans benefits as soon as possible. However, if there are issues with your claim, such as incomplete information, processing the claim may be delayed.
Direct deposit is available at www.AZUI.com. You may also receive an Electronic Payment Card (EPC) issued by Comerica. Your EPC card will have a zero balance until your first benefit payment has been processed.
Additional information about Arizona Unemployment Benefits can be found in the A Guide to Arizona Benefits handbook that applicants receive in the mail.
ARIZONA @ WORK staff can provide you with no-cost job assistance to help you get back to work. Learn more about the services available and view a list of jobs with immediate openings by visiting, www.ARIZONAatWORK.com.
You may qualify for other benefits such as:
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You can apply for one or more of these programs online at www.healthearizonaplus.gov. Find more contact details regarding Nutrition, Cash, and Medical Assistance Benefits.
It is a felony to misrepresent or fail to disclose facts or to make false statements in order to obtain or increase benefits. If you knowingly make a false statement or withhold information in order to collect unemployment insurance benefits to which you are not entitled, the Arizona Department of Economic Security may take civil or criminal action against you. Criminal action may result in a fine and/or imprisonment. In addition, you will be required to repay the amount you received illegally as well as penalty amounts which are added to each week that was fraudulently claimed. As part of our fraud prevention efforts, the Department regularly conducts several types of audits to detect improper benefit payments. View more information about Unemployment Insurance Fraud.