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  • Receiving unemployment benefits

    Eligibility for unemployment benefits varies from state to state, but basically, you must be unemployed or working less than full time, meet certain income standards, have involuntarily left your job, and be ready, willing, and able to work. To apply for benefits, contact your state's local employment office in person, by phone, or by mail. Your weekly unemployment benefit will be based on how long you were employed and your prior wages.