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Can I collect unemployment while traveling abroad.

I was wondering if I can collect unemployment while traveling abroad. I will be sending at least 3 resumes per week to employers online. If you file your claim weekly online does the unemployment office track the IP address of the computer from where your filing your claim online to make sure that your located in the United States.

No, you cannot ... You would not be able and available for work .. It's the frickin government .. what do you think .. do they track IP's .. or is the better question .. can they track IP's ..

I could if I wanted to or knew how to.. so I suppose the government can.

It would be a fraud issue if found out .. and unemployment fraud is serious and right now .. fraud departments are "very active" in detecting it.

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Dec 21, 2011
dont do it
by: Anonymous

chances are they can detect it. Well of course they can but will they check on each and every person's claim? I don't know but they might have some program that flags foreign ip addresses to prevent fraud. I know that NY can detect it. So I just wouldn't risk it.
The biggest thing I would worry about is the fact you will pay it back anyway. I am hearing more and more stories where after 6months to 3 years they come back and say you never were entitled to benefits to start with and make you pay every dollar back --and to make matters worse some are even being arrested for claiming low amounts such as 1,000 or 2,000 that they were approved for but then they come back and say you were not entitled and to make examples of you to the public to ward off offenders they are giving these poor people jail time like 2 years for 1,000 measly dollars these people already paid into the system.
Can you imagine going to jail over 1,000? Car theives dont even go that long

Hi Anonymous .. you're absolutely right and as for an additional and more cynical motivation for why the system has improved fraud detection measures .. don't forget most states have insolvent unemployment funds .. or close to it. The FUTA mandates they borrow from the federal government to keep the funds solvent.

State can't refill their funds on their own until people go back to work in sufficient numbers, so they can collect enough UI taxes on wages again to repay the loans and keep their fund solvent to handle the next recession.

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