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New York Unemployment

Unemployment insurance benefits in New York provide temporary weekly payments to eligible workers who have lost employment.

New York Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment insurance benefits administered by the state of New York comprise temporary weekly payments for eligible workers who have lost employment through no fault of their own.

New Yorkers who lose their jobs are strongly encouraged to apply for unemployment insurance benefits during the first week of lost employment. In New York State, employers pay contributions that fund the state’s unemployment assistance program.

New York Unemployment Services

Website https://dol.ny.gov
Private Website New York Unemployment
Phone 888-209-8124
Apply Online File a Claim
Weekly Certification Certify Weekly Benefits
Appeal a Denial Request a Hearing
Find a Local Office Office Locations
Report Fraud Suspected Fraud
Coronavirus Updates https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov

How To Qualify for Unemployment Insurance in New York

Eligibility can be determined once your unemployment claim is reviewed. A New York claimant who meets the following criteria is likely to be approved for New York Unemployment Insurance benefits:

  • Working and earning enough wages in covered employment, while working for an employer who pays unemployment insurance taxes

  • Becoming unemployed through no fault of your own

  • Being ready, willing, and able to accept work if and when it is offered

  • Actively engaging in a work search for each week during which you are claiming benefits

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)
Min Max
26 weeks $104 $504 $13,104

How Do I Apply for Unemployment Insurance in New York?

New York uses a specific system for unemployment claim submission that is guided by your last name. For example, if you are submitting a new claim for unemployment assistance, the day you should apply is based on the first letter of your last name.

  • A – F should file their UI benefits claims on Monday

  • G – N should file their UI benefits claims on Tuesday

  • O- Z should file their UI benefits claims on Wednesday

To submit your unemployment insurance claim, create your NY.gov account and follow the instructions that guide you through submitting your initial unemployment claim.

If you have never before submitted a UI benefits claim in the state of New York, you will need to create a PIN. Your unique PIN will be used to check the status of your claim and to submit ongoing weekly unemployment compensation claims into the direct deposit option you set up.

If you are unable to submit your unemployment insurance claim online, you also may call the state of New York’s Telephone Claim Center during business hours to file a claim. The number is 888-209-8124, and agents are available to help you Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Translation services are available for claimants who file by phone.

Managing Your Unemployment Benefits

Once you have filed a claim for benefits, you also must continue to claim a weekly benefit for each week you are unemployed and meet eligibility requirements. You also will see this process referred to as certifying for benefits.

As soon as you receive notice that your claim has been approved, you will be given your benefit amount and you may begin submitting weekly claims online. You must continue to submit this certification for each week you remain unemployed so that you continue to receive weekly unemployment compensation.

During this process, you will answer questions to confirm that you were unemployed for all or some portion of the previous week and that you met all other eligibility requirements for receiving benefits – such as continuing to look for suitable work.

Filing an Appeal

If your claim for benefits is denied, you then have 30 days to submit a request for appeal to the New York State Department of Labor. Your statement of appeal should clearly outline the reasons you believe the decision to deny your benefits is a mistake. An employer also has the same opportunity to file an appeal if unhappy with the decision regarding an employee claim decision.

After your request for appeal is received, you will be asked to participate in a hearing before an administrative law judge, during which you will answer questions related to your claim. The administrative law judge then will also review all pertinent documents before issuing a decision about your appeal.

How Do I Report Fraud?

The New York State Department of Labor works hard to protect the integrity of the state agency and all of its programs. In addition, the department works closely with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, other government agencies, claimants, and employers across New York State and around the United States to stop fraudulent claims for UI benefits.

If you suspect someone of fraudulently collecting UI benefits, whether through identity theft or by providing other misinformation, you are strongly encouraged to submit an unemployment fraud report online.

New York Unemployment Office Locations

Albany Career Central 175 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
Albion Unemployment Office 458 West Avenue Suite 3
Albion, NY 14411
Amsterdam Workforce Solutions 2620 Riverfront Center
Amsterdam, NY 12010
Cayuga Works Unemployment Office 199 Franklin Street
Suite 204
Auburn, NY 13021
Saratoga County Unemployment Office 152 West High Street
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Unemployment Office – Batavia 587 East Main Street
Suite 100, Eastown Plaza
Batavia, NY 14020
Bath Unemployment Office 117 East Steuben Street
Bath, NY 14810
Allegany County Employment Center 7 Wells Lane
Belmont, NY 14813
Bronx Workforce1 Unemployment Office 400 East Fordham Rd.
8th Floor
Bronx, NY 10458
Unemployment Office Bronx – Hunts Point 1029 East 163rd Street
3rd Floor
Bronx, NY 10459
Brooklyn Workforce 1 Unemployment Office 9 Bond Street
5th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
NYS Employment Services 250 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
St. Nicholas Alliance 790 Broadway
2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Buffalo Downtown – Unemployment Office 284 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Buffalo Employment and Training Center 77 Goodell Street
First Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Finger Lakes Works 3010 County Complex Drive
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Unemployment Office – Canton 80 State Highway 310 Suite 8
Canton, NY 13617-1498
Putnam Workforce Partnership 110 Old Route 6 Building 3
Carmel, NY 10512
Cobleskill Workforce Solutions Center 795 E Main Street Suite 4
Cobleskill, NY 12043
Cortland Works Unemployment Office 99 Main Street
Cortland, NY 13045
CDO Workforce 1 Court House Square
Suite 3
Delhi, NY 13753
Chautauqua Works 407 Central Avenue
Dunkirk, NY 14048
Elizabethtown One Work Source Center 7572 Court Street
Suite 2; PO Box 848
Elizabethtown, NY 12932
Elmhurst Workforce1 Unemployment Office 90-02 Queens Blvd.
Elmhurst, NY 11373
Elmira Unemployment Office 318 Madison Ave
Elmira, NY 14901
LEAP 383 Broadway Suite B010
Fort Edward, NY 12828
Oswego County Workforce 200 North Second Street
Fulton, NY 13069
Livingston County Center 6 Court Street Room 105
Geneseo, NY 14454
Finger Lakes Works – Geneva 795 Canandaigua Road
Geneva, NY 14456
Warren County Unemployment Office 333 Glen Street, Suite 300
Glens Falls, NY 12801
Gloversville Workforce Solutions 43-47 North Main Street
Gloversville, NY 12078
Employment Center Suffolk County 725 Veterans Memorial Highway
Building 17
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Hempstead Unemployment Office 50 Clinton Street Suite 400
Hempstead, NY 11550
Herkimer Unemployment Office 320 N Prospect Street
Herkimer, NY 13350
Hicksville Unemployment Office 301 West Old Country Road
Hicksville, NY 11801
Hornell Unemployment Office State Office Building
107 Broadway
Hornell, NY 14843
Columbia Greene Workforce 4400 Route 23
Columbia Greene College
Hudson, NY 12534
Hamilton County Center 135 White Birch Lane
Indian Lake, NY 12842
New York Unemployment Office – Ithaca 171 East State Street
Center Ithaca, Suite 241
Ithaca, NY 14850
Queens Workforce1 Unemployment Office 168-25 Jamaica Avenue
2nd Floor
Jamaica, NY 11432
Workforce1 Unemployment Office 168-46 91st Avenue
2nd Floor
Jamaica, NY 11432
Chautauqua Works 4 East 3rd Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
Broome-Tioga Workforce New York 501 Reynolds Road
Johnson City, NY 13790
Ulster County Unemployment Office 535 Boices Lane
521 Boices Lane
Kingston, NY 12401
Lockport WorkforceOne Center 272 South Transit Street
Lockport, NY 14094
The Workplace – Lewis County 5274 Outer Stowe Street
PO Box 193
Lowville, NY 13367
Finger Lakes Works 1519 Nye Road Suite 601
Lyons, NY 14489
Malone One Work Source Center 158 Finney Boulevard
Malone, NY 12953
Massapequa Unemployment Office 977 Hicksville Road
Massapequa, NY 11758
Massena Unemployment Office 35 Glenn Street
Massena, NY 13662
Orange Works Unemployment Office – Middletown 18 Seward Ave 1st Floor
Middletown, NY 10940
Sullivan County Unemployment Office – Monticello 50 North Street
Monticello, NY 12701
CSS Workforce NY Unemployment Office 323 Owego Street Unit 11
Montour Falls, NY 14865
Career & Educational Consultants Inc 247 West 30th Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001
Lower Manhattan Unemployment Office 199 Church Street 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10013
NYC Business Solutions 79 John Street 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10038
Upper Manhattan Unemployment Office 215 West 125th Street
6th Floor
New York, NY 10027
Orange Works Unemployment Office – Newburgh 3 Washington Center
The Maple Bldg 4th Floor
Newburgh, NY 12550
Niagara`s WorkSourceOne 1001 Eleventh Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14301
CDO Workforce Center – Chenango County 1 O`Hara Drive
Norwich, NY 13815
Rockland County Unemployment Office 131 N. Midland Avenue
Nyack, NY 10960
Ogdensburg Unemployment Office 1031 Paterson Street
Ogdensburg, NY 13669
Cattaraugus Unemployment Office – Olean 175 North Union Street
Olean, NY 14760
CDO Workforce Center 12 Dietz Street
Oneonta, NY 13820
SUNY ERIE Unemployment Office 4041 Southwestern Blvd
Building 6
Orchard Park, NY 14127
Tioga Unemployment Office 1062 State Route 38
PO Box 108
Owego, NY 13827
NYSDOL Unemployment Office – AJC 160 South Ocean Avenue
Patchogue, NY 11772-3719
Finger Lakes Works – Yates 417 Liberty Street
Suite 2051
Penn Yan, NY 14527
Wyoming County Community Action 6470 Rt 20A Suite 1
Perry, NY 14530
Plattsburgh OneWorkSource Center 194 US Oval
Plattsburgh, NY 12903
Dutchess One Stop Unemployment Office 191 Main Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Rochester Unemployment Office 276 Waring Road
Department of Labor
Rochester, NY 14609
RochesterWorks! Unemployment Office 100 College Avenue Suite 200
Rochester, NY 14607
Veterans Outreach Center 447 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620
One Stop Center – Rome 300 West Dominick Street
Suite 1
Rome, NY 13440
Schenectady County Training Center 797 Broadway
Schenectady, NY 12305
CDO Workforce 21 Liberty Street
Sidney Civic Center
Sidney, NY 13838
Staten Island Unemployment Office 120 Stuyvesant Place
Third Floor
Staten Island, NY 10301
Rockland County Unemployment Office 145 College Road
Brucker Hall 1st Floor
Suffern, NY 10901
CNY Works Incorporated 960 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13203
Rensselaer County Unemployment Office 1600 7th Avenue
Ned Pattison Office Bldg
Troy, NY 12180
Unemployment Office – Utica 207 Genesee Street
NY State Office Building
Utica, NY 13501
Madison County Unemployment Office 133 N. Court Street
P.O. Box 609
Wampsville, NY 13163
Warsaw One-Stop 448 North Main Street
Warsaw, NY 14569
Finger Lakes Works – Seneca One DiPronio Drive
Waterloo, NY 13165
The WorkPlace – Jefferson County 1000 Coffeen Street
Watertown, NY 13601
White Plains Unemployment Office 120 Bloomingdale Road
2nd Floor
White Plains, NY 10605
SUNY ERIE Unemployment Office 6205 Main Street
Gleasner Hall, Room 166
Williamsville, NY 14221
Williamsville Unemployment Office 4175 Transit Road
Transitown Plaza
Williamsville, NY 14221
Yonkers Unemployment Office 28 Wells Avenue
Bldg. 3
Yonkers, NY 10701

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