Frequently Asked Unemployment Claim Questions
When will I get my unemployment benefits?
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, after you file your first claim, it generally takes two to three weeks to receive your first unemployment check or direct deposit.5
Are unemployment benefits taxable?
Yes, unemployment benefits are considered taxable income, and they must be reported on your federal tax return and state tax return if you live in a state that imposes income tax.
Who pays unemployment benefits?
Unemployment benefits are funded by unemployment insurance taxes employers pay to the federal and state governments. Eligible recipients receive their unemployment benefits from their state’s government.
Can you claim unemployment if you quit or if you’re fired?
In most cases, the answer is no because unemployment benefits are reserved for individuals out of work through no fault of their own. However, if you feel you were wrongfully fired, you may still be eligible for unemployment. In that case, the federal government recommends you contact your state’s labor office for more information about wrongful termination laws.6 And, if you feel you have a case, seek legal counsel.