Can you Collect Unemployment if you Move Out of State?

Yes If you wish to move to another state, the answer is unequivocally – yes.    There is no requirement you live in the state responsible for paying your benefits – either while collecting or when you apply.  If you are already collecting, notify the state paying your benefits of your new address and continue to claim through that state’s website as normal after you’ve moved.   

No – If you are planning to quit for the sole purpose of moving – then, no, unless your quit falls under one of the good cause reasons in your state – “trailing spouse” being the most common – wherein your spouse is moving because of job transfer or to take a new job.  However, not all states legislate trailing spouse benefits.   Of those that do, 19 states pay trailing spouse benefits with moderate restriction under the foregoing circumstances; another 16 states pay for military moves only.  The remaining 16 states have no provision for a trailing spouse benefit.

Of special note:

California:  If you are lucky enough to live in CA, there is no restriction placed on why your spouse is moving – whereas most states require it be a job transfer/opportunity.  CA recognizes spousal reconciliation, family reunification, and even  “imminent marriage.”  So, if your fiance moves for whatever reason and your marriage is very soon, you are eligible for benefits if you quit your job to join her.

Your unemployment claim will be subject to the state law where you worked, not the place where you live and since it is an interstate claim, you do not have to appear in person to file the claim. Out-of-state unemployment claims can be filed via telephone, online, or at the unemployment office where you currently live.

Because communication and transactions will come from your previous employing state, the process may take a little more time than if you were filing directly from your state of residence.

The following states offer “trailing spouse” benefits:

  1. Arkansas (any job transfer)
  2. Arizona – (compelling personal reason)
  3. California (includes Registered Domestic Partners)
  4. Colorado (any job transfer)
  5. Connecticut (military transfer only)
  6. Delaware (any job transfer)
  7. Florida (military transfer only)
  8. Georgia (military transfer only)
  9. Hawaii (any job transfer)
  10. Illinois (any job transfer)
  11. Indiana (any job transfer)
  12. Kansas (any job transfer)
  13. Kentucky (military transfer only)
  14. Maine (any job transfer);
  15. Maryland (military transfer only)
  16. Massachusetts (military only)
  17. Michigan (military transfer only)
  18. Minnesota (any job transfer)
  19. Montana (military transfer only)
  20. Nebraska (any job transfer)
  21. Nevada (military transfer only)
  22. New Hampshire (any job transfer)
  23. New Jersey (military transfer only)
  24. New Mexico (military transfer only)
  25. New York (any job transfer)
  26. North Carolina (any job transfer)
  27. Oklahoma (any job transfer)
  28. Rhode Island (any job transfer)
  29. South Carolina – compelling family circumstances (trailing spouse)/military transfer
  30. Tennessee – (military transfer only)
  31. Texas (military transfer only)
  32. Virginia (military transfer only)
  33. Virgin Islands (any job transfer)
  34. Washington (military transfer only)
  35. Wisconsin (active duty military only)
  36. Wyoming (military transfer only)

You were fired and you moved out of state

Now let’s look at your unique situation. The focus here will be the fact that you were fired. Since all states are members of the Interstate Reciprocal Benefit Payment Plan, it doesn’t matter if you move out of state, as long as you qualify for the benefits under state law (the state you moved from), you’ll receive your checks.

In order to receive unemployment benefits after being fired and moving, the fired part must meet the conditions we described in section No. 1, which is to say that you were fired because of cutbacks, because you didn’t fit the job role, or for minor misconduct.

Qualifying Case

An example case of an employee qualified to receive unemployment benefits after being fired and moving out of state would be the following:

Your company was acquired by a bigger entity and your position no longer fulfills a new manager’s vision, so you were let go. You’ve been trying to find a new job, but haven’t had any luck, so you move out of state to up your opportunities. In this case, you can apply for unemployment benefits from the state you were let go from and will qualify because you were fired through no fault of your own and while an interstate claim will take a little longer, you still qualify under federal law for at least 26 weeks of unemployment benefits.

References

-“State Unemployment Insurance Benefits.” , Employment & Training Administration (ETA). <http://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/unemploy/uifactsheet.asp>.
-“Voluntary Quit VQ 235.” – Health and Safety Considerations. <http://www.edd.ca.gov/uibdg/Voluntary_Quit_VQ_235.htm>

86 comments

  • Emma Canning

    Good morning. I live in Maine and my job is being eliminated in June. Do I need to stay in ME for a specific amount of time?

    • No. There is no requirement you live or remain living in the state paying your benefits. You could even move, and apply for ME benefits after you’ve moved. Your work history is in ME, your benefits are paid by ME. It matters not where you live in the US – either when you apply or submit weekly claims for benefits.

  • Bill Hartsfield

    Hi there!

    My wife got a new job so I had to quit my job (in NC) to move (to CA). NC does NOT have trailing spouse laws. I have been in CA for 6 months and haven’t found work. Is there anything I can do? (unemployment wise)

  • Pamela L.

    I have worked for the VA for 3 years. First in Arkansas and then in Arizona. My husband who also worked there was fired while on FMLA. It took weeks upon weeks for his unemployment to be processed. In the mean time our bills were steadily increasing. We decided it would be best to move back to Arkansas and live with relatives until we could reestablish ourselves. I resigned from my position. We were in AZ almost a year. Which state do I apply for benefits? Can I do a combined claim? Oh also, I worked for 2 different branches of the VA while I was in AZ.

  • Sabrina

    If I am a resident of MN, but I accepted an Americorps summer job in OR, would I be able to collect unemployment during the lapses of time I’m not in the field? Would I do this through the state of Oregon or Minnesota?

    Thanks!

    • You apply in Oregon. You need to have wages appearing in at least two quarters of your base period (10/1/2016-9/30/2017) or, in the alternative, have worked at least 500 hours. The earliest you should apply would be October 1 or later in order for OR to capture wages through 9/30/2017. Number of weeks benefits depends on earnings in your base period, not to exceed 26 weeks benefits. Chances are your earnings will qualify for less than 26 weeks.

  • Brian

    I will be honorably discharged from the military in a few months and I’m planning to move to Washington. I am stationed in Virginia but I pay taxes to Connecticut. Would I file in Washington after I move, Virginia where I’ve been living then move, or Connecticut Before I move?

    • You apply in Washington after you move. Its maximum benefit of $691 is much higher than the other two states. As you may know, military people have a choice on where to apply – state you actually reside in (this will be Washington), the state where you were discharged, or the state listed as your home state when you enlisted. Be sure you have no intervening employment. Your last employer must be the military.

  • FN

    I worked remotely from FL for a company in NY when I was let go. Do I still qualify for unemployment from NY since that is where my company was located even though I live in FL?

    • Depends on where your employer paid UI tax for your wages. Apply in NY, first. If you’re lucky, your employer reported your wages to NY. The benefit is much better – maximum $420/wk for 26 weeks.

      If NY shows no income for you, then apply in FL. FL pays $275/wk for 13 weeks.

  • Mike

    I moved out of California to Oregon in mid January 2017. I have been working with a company for over 5 years and the company is in trouble, part of the reason I moved to Oregon (had option here to live in a home wth family in order to avoid signing a new lease). I might be let go soon or in 2-3 months due to company folding. What are my options and best way to prepare, etc please? Can I file for unemployment in California no matter when I get let go if that occurs since I worked there for so long even though I am now in Oregon?

    • Because of your work history, you have the opportunity of two back-to-back claims. If you are uncertain on your future employment prospects, because you have work history in both states, apply in California first. Your work history will provide a 26-week claim. When that is exhausted, you then apply in Oregon.

      FYI – Oregon pays a higher benefit ($590) than California ($450). If you prefer a possibly higher benefit than the possibility of two claims, when you are discharged, apply in Oregon first, ask for a combined-wage claim with your California earnings.

      Either way, you should be fine.

  • Jen B

    I am a military spouse and live and work in VA. However my home state is PA and that is where I pay state taxes. We are relocating to MO. Which state do I actually file in?

    • If your husband has orders to move to MO, VA will pay trailing spouse benefits. You earned your wages in VA, you are quitting a VA job because of your husband’s military transfer, you file in Virginia.

  • V

    I travel quite the distance to get to my current employer, and when I initially started the position I was making more money than what I am making now from paid bonuses, I am not getting bonuses any longer and making the commute to work is almost becoming unrealistic due to severe financial hardship. I have asked them to repeatedly transfer me but they are saying that they will not transfer me since the location I’m working at isn’t performing very well and they want me to stay to turn the state of the business around. But the goes totally against my financial well being. They said that I can resign and reapply at the locations nearest to my current residence. Can I resign and qualify for unemployment due to severe financial hardship? I am not able to afford getting to work any longer.

    I am in California

    • “Can I resign and qualify for unemployment due to severe financial hardship? “

      You can if you can prove it. CA outlines its guidelines, here:

      http://www.edd.ca.gov/UIBDG/Voluntary_Quit_VQ_150.htm

      CA is generally claimant-friendly. However, in a subjective issue such as this, you may first experience a denial and need to appeal to get benefits, as the initial interviewers are not given much latitude. Questionable issues are always denied and left for the appeals court to sort out. More than 50% of CA denials are overturned on appeal, so it always pays to appeal in CA. The entire process can take two months.

      • Ericka

        If my spouse and i moved from CA for a job i landed but my job fell thru at the last minute after we relocated to Oregon am i able to claim unemployment based on those terms? Would it be better to claim that i left my job in CA to follow my spouse to Oregon and not mention the rescinded job offer at all? My spouse is working remotely in Oregon in the same position he had in CA, can argue that a remote office is being developed/tested.

        • You actually quit the job because of the Oregon offer. When your employer is queried, he is going to say you got another job offer, not that you quit to follow your husband. Under CA law, the offer of other employment justifies the quit. Therefore, there is no point in conflating timelines and possibly getting caught in a misrepresentation.

          Apply in CA on the basis of the quit b/c of a job offer which was later rescinded. You will need to provide evidence of this offer. California case precedent, here:

          In P-B-277, the claimant was a full-charge bookkeeper for a theater chain for five weeks. She was interviewed by the senior partner of the law firm; after a second interview, she was told she was hired……could plan to start February 16. The claimant gave a week’s notice to her employer, and left the employment on February 15. ……..they could not immediately employ her, and suggested she find other employment until she could be hired.

          In discussing the theory of good cause in leaving one job for another, the Board examined cases from other states, and found “[p]ractically without exception the rulings have been that the leaving is with good cause.” The Board then went on to explain:

          The underlying theory in these cases seems to be that the claimant has done all that he could do to assure himself of continuous employment; he left his work only because he had definite assurance that he was to have new permanent employment, and his subsequent unemployment was attributable solely to the new employer’s failure to provide the promised employment.

          We agree with the principle set forth in these decisions and we conclude that the claimant in the present case had good cause for leaving his work.

          http://www.edd.ca.gov/UIBDG/Voluntary_Quit_VQ_365.htm

          Read the entire link. If, you are denied for any reason – because sometimes interviewers do get confused – you will win benefits at appeal, without a doubt. CA ALJs look for reasons to find FOR the claimant.

  • Jay

    I live In Ny and want to move to Florida and leave my current job of 4yrs. Would i be eligible?

  • Erik

    I was laid off in Maryland, company told me they wouldn’t appeal unemployment and to file. I had to move to Wisconsin shortly after. Which state should I file unemployment in?

  • Kay

    I moved Pennsylvania in February I’m Commuting by bus to NJ its very costly
    My job is nationwide don’t have office close to me even by bus can I resign and collect while looking for job in Pennsylvania it’s struggle my job isn’t reimbursed me but want me stay cus my job level experience but hard I have teenagers spend lot time traveling I’m read y leave please help

    • If you can prove the job now presents a financial hardship for you, you may – repeat may – have a chance of receiving benefits. Because it was you, not the employer, who created the distance issue, NJ may deny. NJ addresses this issue in the event of an employer move, by saying:

      Q. If a company relocates and offers me a job at the new location, do I have to take it?

      A. If the distance you have to travel to accept this offer of employment creates an undue hardship or the job duties or hours of work significantly change, then you may be able to refuse the new job and receive benefits. A claims examiner will review your reasons for not relocating and determine if you are eligible.

      http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/ui/content/faq.html

      This is not your situation, but if you can prove you were compelled to move to PA, NJ may grant the claim. No doubt you will initially be denied and need to appeal to get benefits. A two-three month process.

  • Melissa Martin

    Hello, I live in Massachusetts I have been at my job for 18 years. I have to relocate to Florida to be with my family. They need my help. Would I be able to collect unemployment until I find a job? I really am sad about moving but its my family. Thank you for reading my dilemma

    • You can apply on the basis of compelling family need. Issues like these are always subjective and very often denied, initially. You may need to appeal. Before you quit, you need to ask your employer for a leave of absence to care for the sick relative and, if refused, be sure to write in your letter of resignation that you were leaving to care for a sick relative.

      Know that it takes MA a very long time to approve benefits. In your case, you could easily be waiting ten weeks or longer for an initial decision. If you are getting nowhere with MA after four-five weeks, email your elected state representative. Find yours, here:

      https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator

      Reps are very effective at getting decisions when the states put your case at the bottom of the pile.

  • Grant Caplinger

    I have been working for the same employer for the last fourteen years here in California. Due to financial hardship and cost of living, I need to move out of state to find employment. I have a place to live with my family, just need to find a job. Do I still qualify for unemployment?

  • JG

    I lived and worked in Texas for 7 years, we moved there in 2009 due to my husband’s job at the time, My husband now works a job where he travels 95% of the time. After our children graduated from high school, my husband decided to buy a house out of state (we had been renting while in Texas) where he wanted to put down roots as
    Texas was never the place we wanted to stay. I of course followed him as it is a long long commute back to Texas. I applied for Unemployment and was denied because I quit my job for personal reasons. Well ya, personal being I wanted to keep the family unit together. It just seems unfair that a spouse would be penalized if they follow their husband and or wife when the move to another state, even if it isn’t for a job transfer or Military. I just wanted to know if it’s even worth appealing?

    • No. You are moving from the wrong state. Only 35 states pay trailing spouse, and only 19 of those pay for any job transfer, the other 16 restrict the benefit to military transfers only. Conditions under which these benefits are paid are legislated by state law and paid out of state coffers.

      CA – often a land unto itself – allows a move in your situation to join a spouse – or even fiance when a marriage is ‘imminent’ – who has moved for any reason. In CA, family reconciliation rules without restriction. Texas, for sure, isn’t CA – in many ways.

  • Staci

    I will be quitting my reaching position in August (Illinois) to move to a new state( Mississippi) where my fiancee resides. In what circumstances (if any) would I be eligible to draw unemployment benefits?

    • No. You need to be married for Illinois to pay trailing spouse benefits – and your ‘wife’ would have needed to experience a job transfer. Your situation does not qualify on either criteria.

  • Rachel Christofferson

    I work on the border of ID and WA.

    I first worked in ID with an ID address but with school starting I had to make sure I maintained my WA residency and moved my address to an WA address that is actually my legal permanent residence in WA. Also with the advent of school at the same time I switched to the WA store so that I could continue to get enough hours for healthcare as the ID store could not offer such but then they cut my hours below the threshold for healthcare.

    With the signing of the new tax form with a new WA address and the move from ID to WA. Am I eligible to claim unemployment based on the 6months at the same company but different stores and different addresses. I’ve worked for this company 40 hours a week for 6 months recently for the past month going down to 38 at the new store and recently received news that I will be working 30hours; if so which state do I apply to?

    The state reason for cut backs is slow season.

    • Apply in WA, ask for a combined wage claim in the event wages have been reported to Idaho and WA. Know that generally, 75% of your gross earnings will be deducted from the WA benefit. Further, if your gross earnings equal your WBA+33%+$5, no benefit will be paid.

      The WBA is calculated by averaging your two highest quarters and multiplying by 3.85%, which means if your average quarterly wage is $9,000, your WBA will be $347 and the wage cap will be $466.51, which means if you earn $519 there is no benefit paid.

      Example: If your hourly wage is $17.30×30=$519, you won’t be paid anything b/c $519 is greater than $466.51.

      In most states, a 25% wage reduction is not sufficient to pay a partial benefit.

      But, by all means, apply. If your hours drop further, the claim will be in place to compensate for some of those lost earnings.

  • What reason did the decision letter give for the denial? WA offers trailing spouse benefits in the event of a job transfer, per USDOL:

    To relocate for the employment of spouse or domestic partner that is outside the existing labor market area, provided that the individual remained employed for as long as was reasonable prior to the move.

    Unless you quit your job too far in advance of the move, you should be approved.

    That said, for some reason, some interviewers in many states automatically deny an obviously qualified claimant for these state-mandated benefits. These denials are always overturned at appeal. Provide evidence of your husband’s job relocation, of course.

  • Becky Schroeder

    I worked for a company in Ky for the last three years and we moved to Michigan, My company asked me to work from home there. I have been working from home now for the last three months and now they are letting me go. Am i eligible for unemployment? If so what state do i claim benefits from.

    • The wages in your base period (10/1/2015-9/30/2016) were reported to KY, you apply in Kentucky. You are fortunate. KY maximum benefit is $415 for 26 weeks v. MI @ $362 for 20 weeks. Further, MI has a very punitive partial benefit formula if you work part-time while collecting benefits which causes you to lose an entire week of benefits no matter how little you earn if you claim benefits for that week. You are much better off with a KY claim.

  • LA

    We have lived and worked in MN for 10+ years. We recently moved to Wisconsin in early January, and are temporarily living with family here. My husband just lost his job shortly afterward, due to a restructuring in the organization. We are wondering if we file for unemployment in MN or WI? Do we have the choice of either?

    • So, he lost his job after only a few weeks of employment in Jan. 2017? If that is the case, he has no WI earnings in any database WI will use. Further, MN’s maximum benefit is much higher @ $683/wk. v. WI $370/wk.

      File in MN. MN will investigate the separation – i.e., why did he take the WI job? Did he quit or was he discharged from the MN job? Was the WI job materially better? Be prepared to provide evidence of that.

  • Dee Carr

    I live in South Carolina and work from home for a company in NJ. I was laid off and am unsure of which state to file for unemployment. My paychecks paid NJ Unemployment. I cannot get thru to either state’s unemployment to ask.

    • You apply ONLINE in NJ because of this:

      My paychecks paid NJ Unemployment.

      SC’s benefit is only $326 for 20 weeks v. NJ which is 60% of average weekly wage up to $677/wk. for 26 weeks. You are much better off with a NJ claim and are fortunate your employer was willing to pay the NJ tax. Employer could have got off for a lot less had it reported your wages to SC.

      NJ will want to speak w/you because you are out of state. Nonetheless, get the process going online. And, then, start dialing early a.m. before 8-8:30 a.m. and keep dialing until you get put into a queue.

  • tt

    My job in California laid everyone in my department off, we all qualify for unemployment. However, I’m moving to Georgia and wanted to know if I can still apply for unemployment.

    • Where you live in the United States is irrelevant to your eligibility for unemployment benefits. Your wages are in California, you apply for benefits in California, California pays your benefit no matter where you live.

      You continue to file claims through California on its website and receive deposits on your debit card from California.

      Notify CA of your new address when you have moved. You should be able to do this on their website.

      You perform your work searches in GA and report same to CA when you claim. I believe their online claim form now asks for this information.

      In short, you are not required to live in or search for work in the state which is paying your unemployment benefit.

    • Brandon

      Hello,
      So I’m active duty military stationed in WA, but I claim Alaska as state of residence would I file for unemployment in WA or AK? Also what wages are factored into claim…is it just my base pay or also include bah and bas?

  • Shelly Koshnick

    Good Afternoon,
    In the above question about moving out of state to find work, and will the unemployment benefits continue, does that include Wisconsin? I am not finding anything on their UC website saying that this would be a possibility. Any help with Wisconsin specifically would be a great help.

    Sincerely,
    Shelly

  • Naomi

    I moved to NJ January of 2016 due to my husband landing a new job but he is now unemployed due to layoffs I had to quit my job in DE as of February 2016 due to the new transition. Can I file for unemployment in DE I was thinking it may be too late at this point either way. But I also was thinking I probably couldnt file because I quit.

    • Quits are not an automatic disqualifier for unemployment benefits. There are many reasons for a good cause quit under which benefits are paid. One is “trailing spouse” – which you are. As of 2010, Delaware was paying benefits in your circumstances. I find no recent information confirming or disputing that.

      Assuming Delaware is still among the 16 states which provides trailing spouse benefits in your situation (any job transfer, not just military), by all means apply. Your reason is to join your spouse in another state.

      Depending on your January earnings, you may still qualify. If you apply now, Delaware will use wages October 1, 2015-September 30, 2016.

      Delaware calculates benefits, as follows:

      BENEFIT AMOUNT
      To be eligible for benefits, you must have been paid at least thirty-six times your weekly benefit amount by a covered employer in your base period. The amount of your benefit will be 1/46 of your wages in the two highest wage quarters in the base period. However, no one who is eligible for benefits will receive less than $20 or more than $330 a week, if eligible.

      NUMBER OF WEEKS RECEIVING BENEFITS
      The number of weeks you may receive benefits depends upon your total wages during your entire base period. A worker is entitled to receive a total amount of benefits equal to 50% of their base period wages or twenty-six times their weekly benefit amount, whichever is less.

      https://ui.delawareworks.com/documents/UI%20Claimant%20Handbook.pdf

      Which means if you earned $12,000 over a period of four months, 1/46th of that will provide a weekly benefit of $260, for a period of 23 weeks ($12,000×50%=$6,000/$260=23wks).

      Good luck.

  • Theo Crick

    I resigned from my employer in California on December 18th and got married on December 30th to my wife who moved to Texas 3 months prior. I have moved in with her here in Texas immediately following our marriage but am having difficulty finding employment which is anything close to the position I held in California. Do I qualify to file for unemployment from California?

    • You absolutely qualify for benefits in California. You should have applied immediately in December to preserve a quarter of earnings for a future claim. California recognizes quits when a marriage is imminent, spousal reconciliation, family reunification, etc.

      Apply now, and read this, Section D:

      http://edd.ca.gov/UIBDG/Voluntary_Quit_VQ_155.htm

      Call California. State you quit your job and moved to be with your now wife. You should have no problem.

      • Brittaney

        I moved from Oklahoma I worked at Walmart, I moved to Wisconsin and put in for a transfer for the store in Racine WI, it was approved. My store told me I had 30 days to move here and I did, then the store in Racine denied my transfer can I file for unemployment 🤔

        • There are no earned wages in WI to support a claim. Oklahoma also has a much higher maximum benefit.

          File in OK against Walmart – which, via the Racine Walmart – has essentially discharged you. Be sure you have good documentation of company approval for the transfer. Many states won’t pay in circumstances like this but, since the employer in WI and OK is Walmart, you should get benefits.

          Please let us know what happens, here. Thanks.

  • Susan

    Can my husband still receive unemployment here in Idaho while working in California. He had to go to California because he couldn’t find a job here and our bills were piling up. He berly started working but due to the weather in California he hasn’t been working a lot either. So can he still file for unemployment here in Idaho

    • If all his wages between October 1, 2015-September 30, 2016/or Jan-Dec. 2016 were in Idaho and he experienced a job layoff/firing in Idaho, then, yes, he applies for benefits in Idaho – even if he is now looking for work in California. Idaho will investigate his recent CA employment, however, as well as his job loss in Idaho before it approves the claim.

  • Jill N.

    I have been working in California the past 8 years and took a 6 month leave of absence in April and then resigned in October. I think I have a case to support my resignation. However, I moved to Arizona in November due to the cost of living in the Bay Area. Do I apply in California since that is where I was working even though I am now living in Arizona? Thanks!

  • Dorca Ramirez

    I quit my job in Illinois and moved to Florida. I got a job here now need to move back to Illinois, can I collect unemployment benefits in Illinois when I go back?

    • You don’t provide enough information.

      When did you last work in IL?
      How long have you been working in FL – exact dates?
      How did you lose the FL job?
      Why do you have to move back to IL?

      FL only pays $275/wk for 13 weeks and is not a claimant-friendly state. Unless you have a qualifying reason for this quit, FL will consider this a quit without good cause (not the fault of the employer) and will not pay benefits.

      You have no eligibility in Illinois at all – unless you have been discharged from the FL job for a qualifying reason and your tenure at that job was so short there are no FL wages on which to base a claim at this time. Then, possibly, you might be able to collect in Illinois. Again, the reason for the move matters.

  • Kayla lyles

    I’m from Michigan where I had a full-time job and my husband got stationed due to military in another state so I had to quit on good cause to move I filed in Michigan. But they need me to go to a talent Bank there and get some type of verification or paper signed. is there a way to be waived from that due to not living in that state or being able to get up there within 10 days? I move to Maryland if that helps any

  • Ms soon to be ex wife

    I have moved several times to different states and quit my jobs to move with my husband because of his job(non military) I have filed for unemployment because of this before and i was denied because they stated we did not move due to the military . I did not appeal. Most recently we moved to NY. I have worked in NY for 6 months. My husband just asked me for a divorce so i have to move out of state as i cant support myself here with what i make. Can i get unemployment when i quit and move?

    • There are no benefits when you quit without good cause. Getting divorced and moving is not good cause. Your earlier experiences are completely unrelated to your current situation.

      • Ms soon to be ex wife

        i understand they are unrelated. I was just giving some background info. So since i can no longer afford to live here, i have to move out of state to stay with family, that is not good cause to leave a job? I appreciate your help.

        • since i can no longer afford to live here, i have to move out of state to stay with family, that is not good cause to leave a job?

          Not in Georgia. In CA, you might have a chance – as loss of affordable housing is considered good cause. But, CA is not the rest of the US, and certainly bears no resemblance to the conservative/GOP south. So, NO.

          But apply, anyway. You don’t lose anything, and then you will have satisfied yourself that you’ve done everything possible.

          You want to read this:

          http://georgiaunemploymentappeals.com/can-i-receive-unemployment-if-i-quit-my-job/

          Georgia will deny you because your move is for personal reasons and not the fault of the employer. You can appeal, of course. If you should win at appeal, please post back. A win under your circumstances in GA would be newsworthy, to say the least.

  • NM

    We live in MN, my husband moved to CO in October for a job and just signed a lease for an apt. last week. Today he gets a call that he’s fired because they can’t afford him. Does he file unemployment in CO?
    He’s scheduled to fly back next week.
    Thanks!

    • He applies in MN. According to the USDOL, quitting to accept other work is qualifying under Minnesota law. So, there is an excellent chance MN will grant benefits under these circumstances, and not require an earnings purge for the quit. This is not the norm in most states. Be sure he is prepared to provide copies of the job offer and the rescission when MN interviews him.

      CO will deny – for two reasons: (1) there are no CO wages in its database; and (2) CO only recognizes a quit for construction workers who are already CO residents. There is no chance for benefits in CO.

  • Jon C.

    I worked a job in Wisconsin for 3 years. I quit to take a new job in Illinois and moved to Illinois. I worked my new job for 2 months and 1 day. I was fired for not being good enough basically. Where do I file for unemployment, Wisconsin or Illinois?

    • If you wait until January, file in Illinois. The benefit is better. Ask for the alternate base period and a combined-wage claim. If you file now, Illinois will deny you as none of your Illinois wages will appear in the base period. See if you can get an Illinois claim. You’ll be better off.

  • Judith Clarke

    I worked for 16 years in New Jersey for the same company. I resigned to take a job in PA which I started Oct. 24, 2016. I was just let go because incoming CEO is bringing his own admin. I still live in NJ…where do I file for benefits? Which rate would I receive? I need help until I find another job. Thank you.

    • Although NJ requires you be on the new job at least eight weeks if you’ve quit your prior employment, try NJ first anyway, as all your wages in any base period used would be in NJ – and you probably have earned enough to purge that quit IF NJ overlooks the 8-week rule. You will need to provide NJ with paystubs from this recent employment as proof of earnings on the off-chance NJ allows you to purge that quit.

      If NJ doesn’t approve you, apply in PA – and ask for a combined-wage claim – which may overcome the lack of PA wages in your base-period. That said, it’s doubtful you will get an approval in PA. PA does not use an alternate base period, so none of your PA wages will appear in your base period until April 2017. On that basis alone, PA probably will deny you.

      Let us know what happens, here. Good luck.

  • Marcus

    I was fired because of a bad “cultural fit”. I was working in New York, have an apartment there, but my wife stayed behind in our home in New Jersey. I worked for the company since June 20th, 2016, can I collect unemployment from New York State? Thanks!

    • You file in the state where you last worked. Call NY. Ask for a combined-wage claim.

      That said, if you have NJ earnings prior to the NY earnings, strongly recommend you try NJ first. The benefit in NJ is so much better (60% of average weekly earnings up to $657/wk. v. $420 in NY), plus NJ has a far more favorable partial benefit allowance should you work while receiving benefits.

  • JS

    I was giving a choice to either go with the separation plan or wait to be supervised with the work if not up to what the manager wants , they would let me go. basically they are suggesting for me to quit voluntarily because of performance reasons. so I went with the separation plan. So i left the job. I moved to NC . I have been looking for a job now for like two years with no luck . so can I get unemployement in NC

    • No. If you have been unemployed for two years, you have no wages remaining in your base period to support an unemployment claim in any state.

      The time to have applied for benefits – REGARDLESS you agreed to the separation – was at the time of the job loss..

      Your quit was COERCED. The actual term for this is a quit in lieu of discharge. You would have qualified for benefits at that time no matter what that employer tried to maneuver you into doing. Poor performance is not grounds for denial of benefits. Any agreement by you not to apply for unemployment benefits is unenforceable.

      It’s way too late now. Chances are you were employed in a state which had decent benefits and paid for 26 weeks or longer. NC is one of the worst states for UE benefits. Max $350/wk for 13 weeks. Difficult and lengthy process to get approval even if you had eligible wages, which you don’t have.

  • susan a brown

    i was fired because i needed time off with no 2 week notice due to a untimely death of my sister i had no warning my employer wouldnt give me tim eoff also i couldnt find directions to a 2 hour position i was severely lost so she fired me 2 unruly reasons i was veryyy dedicated to that job

    • Apply for benefits. You will be initially denied. Employer will cite unscheduled absence and poor performance. Appeal. At the appeal hearing present your case. Time off for death in family and getting lost (poor performance) aren’t disqualifying, generally, but some states can be very difficult. All you can do is try. If you would post this question on your specific state, you would get a more specific response. In CA, on appeal, you’d get benefits for sure. If you’re in one of the southern states, you’ll have to fight.

  • Sandy Hibbard

    I am contemplating moving out of the state of WI for about 3-4 months as I work in the hospitality business which is very slow in the winter. If I work out of WI am I eligible for any UI Benefits from them? I do plan to return to WI to resume employment in the spring.

    • Yes, assuming you are eligible for WI benefits because of the end of this seasonal work, you may move out of state and still receive benefits from WI. Of course, you need to conduct work searches in your new location and provide that information to WI when you file your weekly claims just as you would if you were searching for work in WI.

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