I had surgery while collecting unemployment. Do I still qualify to collect?
Were you able and available to go to work? If not, then no. Being able and available for work is a condition you must meet to collect for each week you file a continuing claim to benefits.
All states ask the basic question every time you recertify .. Were you able and available for work?
When you answer no you will be disqualified for that week .. when you become able and available you then tell them that .. even if you have to reopen your claim because the disqualification is temporary .. not generally permanent .. unless you lie about it and then that opens you up to being denied for a “misrepresentation” in order to obtain benefits.