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Unemployment Laws State by State  

State by state, unemployment laws work similarly to each other, but definitely not .. identically.  Therefore .. below you find some of my personal bookmarks that are still useful to me, when I need to know how a state's unemployment insurance laws work to vary the outcome .. even if the eligibility issue might be the same .. and to know how to answer some unemployment questions.

Unemployment Laws:  Comparison Charts State by State

DOLETA's publishes Unemployment Insurance Law Comparison Charts  yearly.  They can be extremely helpful to seeing how and where unemployment laws do very on some very common reasons.`

My apologies, I've yet to update the state by state unemployment guides found below, however, you can find all years and text about substantive changes, state have made to their own unemployment statutes to date, right here.

Monetarily Qualifying for Unemployment - Most of your questions about qualifying for a valid unemployment claim are answered about being monetarily entitled to collect unemployment benefits.

questions I answered to explain monetary issues.

Nonmonetary Eligibility Issues - This chartbook addresses common issues to explain a lot about What it means to be found otherwise eligible to collect unemployment.  

all the Q&As I answered about  voluntarily quitting, being fired for misconduct,  going to school, suitable work, and temporary job provisions are non-monetary issues that can affect whether you can initially get and then keep receiving benefits after the first appeal hearing.

Unemployment Appeals -  my goals has always been to stress that even employees should be prepared to win an Unemployment appeal hearing whether they were the appellant, or not. 

i answered questions about appeals, often after someone had already lost the lower level unemployment hearing.

Repaying Unemployment Benefits´╗┐ - I answered questions on about repaying benefits  in any question I thought it might become a problem that could be avoided, because repaying benefits is the result when you lose a first level appeal hearing if you were initially allowed to collect benefits .. and an employer has a cost control company appeal, by force of habit, or best practice.

Frankly, my hope for those Q&As was it would help people avoid a fraud overpayment, in lieu of a less harsh, non-fraud recovery provision for an overpayment when an overpayment was caused by a departmental error.

How is your State being Rated on Benefit accuracy Measurement? (BAM !!)

Is Your Employment Covered by Unemployment Insurance -  I wonder how many people have given up on collecting unemployment benefits, merely because a base period employer should of been, but wasn't paying unemployment taxes on their wages.

The issue begins as a monetary issue.  Such as, when someone qualify for a weekly benefit amount that is connected to base period wages.

The problem often occurs when an at-will employee is misclassified as an independent contractor, i.e., self employed person to exclude their employment from coverage of unemployment insurance.  

The chartbook includes the ABC tests used by each state for determining if you were actually an employee who's employer should of been paying unemployment taxes on wages, or not.

State Unemployment Laws (Employment Security Acts) and Some States Precedent Decision Manuals to Make Due Diligence a Bit Easier

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.

Alabama Unemployment Statutes


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.

Alaska Unemployment Statues


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.


AZ Administrative Code 


Arkansas Unemployment Statutes

 Precedent Decisions
California UIBDG (good one)

CDLE Reference Library


Delaware - Do you know where





Illinois Unemployment Law Handbook


Iowa Adjudication Guide





Maryland                                                                Decision Digest

Massachusetts                                                DUA Service Rep Manual

Decision Digest







New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico                                         Precedents

New York                                                 Interpretation Index

North Carolina Statues

NC Precedent Manual

North Dakota

Ohio Statutes                             Precedent  Abstract

Oklahoma                                   Precedent Manual



Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota


Texas                                                 Precedents



Precedent Manual

Washington State

Washington DC

West Virginia

Wisconsin                                    Precedents


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.

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