State by state, unemployment laws work very similarly to each other because all states have been mandated by the Social Security Act of 1935 to maintain and operate an unemployment insurance program .. to serve as an economic safety net.
But questions about how unemployment insurance works may often be better explained, if you know where to go to see how it works differently, from state to state.
Here's some free resources from a very long list of my personal UI bookmarks, I used often to learn when I knew a lot less about unemployment laws, but still use, because it can be important to keep up with changes made to state laws that can literally make unemployment insurance work differently in the same state, year to year.
DOLETA's publishes Unemployment Insurance Law Comparison Charts yearly.
This is a good thing for non-attorneys like me, someone who would prefer a root canal over scouring state unemployment statutes to find a specific applicable provision. So why scour, when someone at the Employment an Training Administration, has already done that.
My apologies, I've yet to update the state by state unemployment guides found below, to 2016's. (usually updated in May, or June of the year).
In the meantime, you can go directly to DOLETA to find 2001 through the newly released 2016's right here.
Federal Unemployment Insurance Guidelines .. good to know where these are located, as well as what a state may offer as explanation about how their unemployment laws are intended to work.
Maintaining working order of these links has been a part-time job, as states .. and even the federal government move information around frequently .. for some reason.
If there is a broken link, please email me, I'll help you find it and hopefully remember, I have another link to fix asap.
The state of Alabama is not what I would call forthcoming with any valuable information that actually sheds light on how it's laws should be consistently applied to circumstances.. but here's where to find the statutes.. at least.
Alaska is one of three states that does expect employees to pay an unemployment tax. This is probably a good reason for why Alaska unemployment benefit recipiency is consistently higher than most other states.
Arizona unemployment is indicative of what has happened in many states to reduce recipients of benefits to the lowest levels ever. Arizona, has one of the lowest maximum weekly unemployment benefits amount in the country as well.
It's also one of a handful of states that makes finding affordable representation at an unemployment appeal hearing, a bigger challenge, that is.. if you're the claimant in the matter.
Delaware - Do you know where
Many discussions in the Q&A's link to specific pages in many of the resources to help explain the reasoning behind any answer or question I might of asked.