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I got laid off in Illinois but I live in Indiana.

by Michael
(Highland IN U.S)

I worked in Illinois for about a year and got laid off. I didn't file for it yet and it's been almost a year can I still file for unemployment and also can I file for it in Indiana. I have been having trouble finding a job still.



Hi Michael,

You could probably file in either state, but now, after a year the question is whether you will have enough wages left in your base period to qualify.

If you file in Indiana they would still need to contact Illinois because that's where the wages were earned.

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Nov 20, 2009
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filing after a year has passed.
by: Anonymous

Just a quick note.

Actually you may be able to file in the state where you live vs. the state you worked in. Your home state could "handle the claim" for the paying state.

It is possible to collect a year after becoming unemployed .. qualifying wages depend on the base period used by the state .. Most use the first 4 of the last 5 completed quarters relative to the date you file the claim. It creates a lag period of up to six months in some cases and most states only require wages be present in at least two quarter to qualify.

Of course the weekly benefit amount or the duration of benefits might be less.

Chris


Nov 20, 2009
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by: Anonymous

Hi:

I think your question is really a two-parter:

First, I have always been under the impression that one must file in the state where one worked. I could be wrong, but it seems to make more sense, since that company (and thus, your former job) has to adhere to the rules and regulations of that state's UI rules, not the one in which you reside.

Second, I'd be very surprised if you could get benefits a year after leaving the job. Often times, there is a statute of limitations, which generally makes things easier on the employer. But it couldn't hurt to try!



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