Can I move out of state and collect unemployment?
by Chris - unemployment-tips.com
I get asked this question a lot, so I thought I would show you what I check when someone asks me if they can continue to collect unemployment if they move out of state.
In general there isn't anything prohibiting most people from moving out of the state from where there unemployment benefits are coming from .. except a handful of states have what is called "Locality provisions".
So when someone asks I always have to know what state they are talking about .. and then I check the same resource I always begin with .. the United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration or DOLETA for short.
I open the "Nonmonetary Eligibility" pdf and go to page 23 where it says this.
Locality - Alabama, Michigan, Ohio, and South Carolina require that workers be available for work in a locality where their base-period wages were earned, or in a locality where similar work is available or where suitable work is normally performed. Illinois and Utah consider workers to be unavailable if, after separation from their most recent work, they move to and remain in a locality where opportunities for work are substantially less favorable than those in the locality they left. Arizona and Utah require that, at the time they file a claim, workers be a resident of their state or of another state or foreign country that has entered into reciprocal arrangements with the state. Oregon, Utah and Virginia consider workers unavailable for work if they leave their normal labor market area for the major portion of a week unless the worker can establish that they conducted a bona fide search for work in the labor market area where they spent the major part of the week.
Of course every state may have their own requirements about how you change your address and making sure you register for work through the state you move to. They might also question your availability for work if you forget and mark the box on your continuing claim that you were able and available for work while you were moving. Just keep this in mind and make sure you are
able to account for your every move .. and you should be fine.