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Maryland Unemployment Insurance Benefits
The Maryland Department of Labor provides unemployment insurance benefits to unemployed Maryland workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own.
By doing so, the Department of Labor supports the economic stability of the state, providing a financial safety net that lessens the overall economic impact of lost wages.
Unemployment compensation in Maryland provides temporary financial assistance to eligible workers who are actively seeking new employment. Established under the Social Security Act of 1935, Maryland’s unemployment insurance program is funded primarily through state and federal payroll taxes paid by employers.
Maryland Unemployment Services
|Private Website||Maryland Unemployment
|Weekly Certification||File a Weekly Claim|
|Appeal a Denial||https://www.dllr.state.md.us/uiappeals|
|Find a Local Office||https://www.dllr.state.md.us/county|
|Report Fraud||Insurance Fraud Hotline|
|Coronavirus Updates||COVID-19 Assistance|
How To Qualify for Unemployment Benefits in Maryland
Claimants who meet the following requirements generally will be approved for UI benefits in Maryland:
- The claimant must be unemployed through no fault of his or her own
- The claimant must be monetarily eligible, having worked and earned sufficient income during the base period for review
- The claimant must be able to work and available for work without restrictions
- Individual determinations about unemployment assistance cannot be made until you apply, so make sure to file your initial claim as soon as you become unemployed.
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 Maryland
The fastest and easiest way to apply for Maryland UI benefits is online through the BEACON 2.0 claimant portal. You also may file your initial UI benefits claim with a live claims agent at 667-207-6520.
You will be prompted to set up an online account, which you can use moving forward to check on the status of your unemployment claim and to file your weekly certification for benefits.
Managing Your Unemployment Benefits
For each week you request a benefit payment, you must file a weekly claim certification, which is a legal document that certifies your ongoing eligibility for UI benefits. As part of the weekly benefit certification process, you must answer a series of questions about your work search activities for the prior week. You must also report any wages earned or any job offers you received.
To file your weekly certification online, log in to your BEACON portal and select File a Weekly Claim Certification. Then simply follow the instructions within the portal.
If you need to file by phone, or if you need special accommodations, you can speak with a
claims agent at 667-207-6520, who can help you. Agents are available to help you Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
Filing an Appeal
If you disagree with a determination regarding your claim, you have the right to file an appeal, as does your employer. Specific instructions for filing your request for appeal will be included in the determination letter you receive.
You can file an appeal using your BEACON 2.0 claimant account, or by any of the contact methods listed below:
- Fax: 410-225-9781
- Email: UILowerAppeals.Labor@maryland.gov
- U.S. Postal Service:
Maryland Department of Labor
Lower Appeals Division
1100 N. Eutaw Street, Room 505
Baltimore, MD 21201
Unemployment insurance fraud, including identity theft, is a serious crime that the state of Maryland investigates thoroughly.
If you believe that someone is fraudulently collecting benefits by providing misinformation to the state of Maryland, or that someone has stolen your identity in order to fraudulently collect benefits, you are encouraged to report your concerns to the state of Maryland through its online fraud reporting form.
Maryland Unemployment Office Locations
|Baltimore County Unemployment Office||7930 Eastern Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21224
|Eastside Unemployment Office||3001 East Madison Street
Baltimore, MD 21205
|Northwest Unemployment Office||2401 Liberty Heights Avenue
Suite 302 (Mondawmin Mall)
Baltimore, MD 21215
|Unemployment Office – Bel Air||2 South Bond Street Suite 204
Bel Air, MD 21014
|Unemployment Office – BWI Marshall||BWI Workforce Center #8
BWI Airport, MD 21240
|Unemployment Office – Chestertown||115A Lynchburg Street
Chestertown, MD 21620
|Columbia Unemployment Office||7161 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD 21046
|Allegany County Unemployment Office||138 Baltimore Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
|Unemployment Office – Denton||300 Market Street
Suite 201 PO Box 400
Denton, MD 21629
|Unemployment Office – Easton||301 Bay Street
Easton, MD 21601
|Unemployment Office – Elkton||1275 West Pulaski Highway
Elkton, MD 21921
|Frederick County Unemployment Office||200 Monroe Ave.
Frederick, MD 21701
|Germantown Anne Arundel County||12900 Middlebrook Road
Germantown, MD 20874
|Washington County Unemployment Office||14 North Potomac St Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740
|Susquehanna Unemployment Office||2021 D Pulaski Highway
Havre De Grace, MD 21001
|Hunt Valley Unemployment Office||11101 McCormick Rd Suite 102
Hunt Valley, MD 21031
|Unemployment Office – Largo||1801 McCormick Dr Suite 120
Largo, MD 20774
|Southern Maryland Unemployment Office||21795-F N. Shangri-La Drive
Lexington Park, MD 20653
|Anne Arundel County Unemployment Office||613 Global Way
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
|Liberty Unemployment Office||3637 Offutt Road
Randallstown, MD 21133
|Lower Shore Unemployment Office||31901 Tricounty Way Suite 111
Salisbury, MD 21804
|Southern MD Unemployment Office||175 Post Office Road
Waldorf, MD 20602
|Carroll County Unemployment Office||224 North Center Street
Westminster, MD 21157
|Montgomery Unemployment Office||11510 Georgia Ave Suite 300
Wheaton, MD 20902