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Alabama Unemployment Insurance Benefits
The state of Alabama’s Unemployment Compensation Division administers unemployment insurance benefits to workers who either are unemployed or have had their work hours dramatically reduced through no fault of their own. The program helps provide stability for Alabama’s economy.
Alabama’s unemployment compensation program is financed by employer taxes, both state and federal. All taxes are paid by Alabama employers. Employees do not pay any taxes toward the administration of this program.
Alabama Unemployment Services
|Private Website||Alabama Unemployment|
|Appeal a Denial||https://labor.alabama.gov/Appeals/default|
|Find a Local Office||Office Directory|
|Coronavirus Updates||COVID-19 Assistance|
Am I Eligible for Unemployment Benefits in Alabama?
Most Alabama residents are eligible for unemployment benefits if all of the following is true:
- The claimant must have earned at least a minimum amount in wages before becoming unemployed, as defined by Alabama law.
- The claimant must be unemployed through no fault of his or her own.
- The claimant must be physically and mentally able to work.
- The claimant must be available to work.
- The claimant must actively be seeking available jobs.
Benefit Payments and Duration
|Base Period||First 4 of the last 5 completed quarters|
|Alt Base Period||Last 4 completed quarters|
|Duration of Benefits||Weekly Payment||Maximum Benefits Amount (1 year)|
How To Apply for Unemployment Benefits in Alabama
The preferred method for submitting your initial unemployment claim is online. You must set up an online account, which you’ll use to submit your weekly benefit payment and to check anything regarding the status of your claim.
If you don’t have access to the Internet, you may also submit your unemployment claim from any touch-tone phone by calling the Initial Claims Line at 866-234-5382. Your call will be fielded by an electronic Interactive Voice Response system, which will ask you some initial questions. You will then be connected to a customer service representative to complete the submission of your initial claim.
How To Manage Your Unemployment Benefits
Once you’ve submitted your initial claim for unemployment compensation, you must continue submitting a weekly claim for each week you receive benefits. You will need to show that you remain eligible – chiefly that you are able and available to work.
The weekly benefit certification process consists of answering questions about your work search activities for the previous week, along with reporting any wages you earned and any offers of employment you received.
There are two ways to file your weekly certification. You can certify online using the account you set up when you filed your initial claim, or you may call the weekly certification number you received when you filed your initial benefits claim by phone. Be sure to follow all instructions completely.
How Do I Appeal a Decision?
If either an employee or employer feels that the decision regarding an unemployment benefits claim was based on incorrect or incomplete information, or that the law was not correctly applied, either party may request an appeal.
All appeals must be submitted in writing and must include the claimant’s full name, last four digits of their Social Security number, the detailed reason for the appeal, and the signature of the requestor.
Appeals should be submitted using the state of Alabama’s online appeals form.
How Do I Report Fraud?
The Alabama Department of Labor is committed to preserving the integrity of the state’s unemployment trust fund and protecting Alabama residents from fraudulent unemployment claims and identity theft. The department conducts many types of fraud and abuse investigations throughout the year. This helps to ensure vital financial assistance is directed toward the Alabama residents who need it most.
If you suspect a worker of fraudulently collecting unemployment compensation, or if you have been the victim of identity theft, please make a report using Alabama’s online fraud reporting form.
Alabama Unemployment Office Locations
|Alabaster Unemployment Office||109 Plaza Circle
Alabaster, AL 35007
|Albertville Unemployment Office||5920 U S Highway 431 North
Albertville, AL 35950
|Alexander City Unemployment Office||1375 Junior College Drive
Alexander City, AL 35010
|Andalusia Unemployment Office||212 South Three Notch Street
Andalusia, AL 36420
|Anniston Unemployment Office||1731 Coleman Road
Anniston, AL 36207
|Athens Unemployment Office||406 South Jefferson Street
Athens, AL 35611
|Bay Minette Unemployment Office||201 Faulkner Drive
Bay Minette, AL 36507
|Lawson State Community College – Bessemer||1100 Ninth Avenue SW
Bessemer, AL 35022
|Birmingham Unemployment Office||3216 4th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35222
|Unemployment Office – Birmingham||2601 Carson Road
Birmingham, AL 35215
|Community College One Stop||3060 Wilson Road SW
Birmingham, AL 35221
|Brewton Unemployment Office||1023 Douglas Avenue Suite 314
Brewton, AL 36426
|Camden Unemployment Office||223 A Claiborne
Camden, AL 33726
|Alabama Unemployment Office – Cullman||1201 Katherine Street, NW
Cullman, AL 35055
|Decatur Unemployment Office||1819 Bassett Avenue South East
Decatur, AL 35601
|Demopolis Unemployment Office||1074 Bailey Drive
Demopolis, AL 36732
|Dothan Unemployment Office||787 Ross Clark Circle
Dothan, AL 36303
|Enterprise Unemployment Office||2021 Boll Weevil Circle
Enterprise, AL 36330
|Eufaula Unemployment Office||122 Paul Lee Parkway
Eufaula, AL 36027
|Fayette Unemployment Office||2631 Temple Avenue North
Fayette, AL 35555
|Foley Unemployment Office||200 West Michigan Avenue
Foley, AL 36535
|Fort Deposit Unemployment Office||11 Milner Street
Fort Deposit, AL 36032
|Fort Payne Unemployment Office||2100 Jordan Road Southwest
Fort Payne, AL 35968
|Gadsden Unemployment Office||216 North 5th Street
Gadsden, AL 35901
|Greenville Unemployment Office||117 West Commerce Street
Greenville, AL 36037
|Haleyville Unemployment Office||2010 9th Avenue North
Haleyville, AL 35565
|Hamilton Unemployment Office||1481 Military Street South
Hamilton, AL 35570
|Hayneville Unemployment Office||22 Washington Street N
Family Guidance Center
Hayneville, AL 36040
|Alabama Unemployment Office – Huntsville||2535 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35810
|Jackson Unemployment Office||205 Walker Springs Road
Jackson, AL 36545
|Jasper Unemployment Office||2604 Viking Drive
Jasper, AL 35501
|Livingston Unemployment Office||10 Union Drive
UWA Kelly Land Hall
Livingston, AL 35470
|Luverne Unemployment Office||886 Glenwood Road
Luverne, AL 36049
|Mobile Area Unemployment Office||515 Springhill Plaza Court
Mobile, AL 36608
|Monroeville Unemployment Office||2119 Hwy 21 Bypass
Monroeville, AL 36460
|Montgomery Unemployment Office||1060 East South Blvd
Montgomery, AL 36116
|Oneonta Unemployment Office||728 2nd Ave. E.
Oneonta, AL 35121
|Ozark Unemployment Office||3259 south Hwy 231
Ozark, AL 36360
|Pell City Unemployment Office||311 Miles Parkway
Suite 102; PO Box 1045
Pell City, AL 35125
|Phenix City Unemployment Office||2602 College Drive
Phenix City, AL 36869
|Phil Campbell Unemployment Office||2080 College Road
NW Shoals Community College
Phil Campbell, AL 35581
|Roanoke Unemployment Office||3928 Hwy 431
Roanoke, AL 36274
|Scottsboro Unemployment Office||23123 John T. Reid Parkway
Scottsboro, AL 35769
|Selma Unemployment Office||1112 Water Avenue
Selma, AL 36703
|Alabama Unemployment Office – Sheffield||500 South Montgomery Avenue
Sheffield, AL 35660
|Talladega Unemployment Office||1005 South Street East
Talladega, AL 35160
|Troy Unemployment Office||1023 S Brundidge Street
Troy, AL 36081
|Tuscaloosa Area Unemployment Office||202 Skyland Drive
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
|Valley Unemployment Office||321 Fob James Drive
Southern Union College
Valley, AL 36854
|Vernon Unemployment Office||44425 Highway 17
Vernon, AL 35592