There are three reasons why you may need to reapply for unemployment.
- If you have previously filed a claim and did not submit your certifications and your claim has closed.
- If you were receiving benefits, started a new job or returned to your previous employer, and now you have a separation.
- If your benefit year has ended and you need to continue your benefits, a transitional claim can be filed.
So let's get started....
Step 1: You will login to your dashboard, go to the Unemployment Services Tab, and click on the Start an Unemployment Claim link.
There are four types of claims...
- New: A new claim is filed if you have never filed for unemployment or your benefit year has previously ended and now need benefits.
- Transitional: A Transitional claim is filed if you are receiving benefits and your benefit year (BYE) expires. After you certify for the last week of your claim, you will then file a transitional claim to continue.
- Additional: An Additional claim is filed if you have a new separation or you claimed excessive wages on your weekly certification.
- Reopen: A Reopened claim is filed if you have previously filed a claim but never submitted any weekly certifications. A lot of claimants will file a reopen when an additional claim is needed. Filing a reopen claim when you have worked since your last filing will lead to a delay or a loss of benefits.
- The one question that will correctly file your claim is "have you worked since the last time you filed". If you click yes, then you will correctly file an additional claim. If you click "you have not worked", then you will file a reopen claim. Before you submit your unemployment claim, you are given a list of items that you must read and check off.
You must submit weekly certifications to be eligible for benefits. Many claimants state they were unaware of this requirement, but it is here that you acknowledge the requirement.
Step 2: Begin certifying the first Sunday after the claim is filed and each Sunday thereafter until you return to work. To submit your weekly certifications, go to your dashboard, Unemployment Services, and click the link Weekly Claim Certification. How do I certify for unemployment?
The claims process takes approximately 21 days for a decision to be determined. You WILL be required to start your weekly certifications prior to a decision being issued on your claim. If you go more than two weeks without submitting your certifications, your claim will close.