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State Unemployment Laws and Free Resources That Explain What the Statutes Mean to Benefits

If you are an employee / claimant, or the the occasional employer to visit, I know it can be frustrating just figuring out how unemployment laws work on any given set of facts that surround the cause for separation, from a job entered into at will, but still covered by unemployment insurance.

The good news, if you're willing and able, is you can generally confine yourself to the relevant state unemployment insurance law.  

State unemployment statutes, absolutely vary from state to state.  However, if you want, or need to collect, or win an unemployment hearing on your own, I think you'd be would be nuts to ignore the free resources below, that may reveal an argument that explains why you may win .. or be denied after an employer expert gets hold of the flaws in your argument, during a hearing.

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Limited to those states I know do not require you to hire an attorney .. if you pay for professional representation.

Alabama | Alaska | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | Illinois | Iowa | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maryland | Mississippi | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Mexico | North Dakota |Ohio Oregon | Pennsylvania | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | Wyoming

Unemployment Law Comparison Charts From the USDOLETA

The United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration provides a good jumping off place for those needing self help information.

Each year, DOLETA is kind enough to update and publish the State Unemployment Law Comparison Charts, because state laws can change from year to year, both employees and employers need to know if a change impacts them positively, or negatively.   

On a personal note, let me just say, I've used DOLETA's comparison charts for years. They served me well as an employee who coordinated UI hearings for employers across the country and when I decided to focus this website on helping claimants .. in the hope I could help claimants faced with a lower level appeal hearings.

PS   Official unemployment websites, or where we apply for unemployment benefits, have a tendency to move free explanatory resources, or they even eliminate some .. maybe because they were too helpful. 

If you find a broken link, or it happens to take you to a .gov website that causes your browser, or anti-virus program to freak, because a threat was detected let me know

I've fixed a ton of links over the years, but life in 2017 put me way behind on website maintenance .. so 

To find the most current 2017's Unemployment Insurance Comparison Charts, click here.  Most of the links below still go to the 2016 chartbooks, but that may just be a good excuse to compare how states have changed their laws since the end of the recession .. in 2009?

State Unemployment Laws (Aka Employment Security Acts) 

I need help with these links.  They move them around as often as I pick up clutter of my bathroom counter.

I recently called (3/28/17) the NY board,  and asked where the heck they moved their  "interpreservice page".  

Please, if you find a broken link please email me.

I'm more than willing to be the PITA to any state who might be wishing you don't find information that might help you .. help yourself.

And by the way .. if you know of any other official resources you think would be helpful to other, let me know .. 



The state of Alabama is not as forthcoming with the sort of information an employee might call useful to know how, or if they can collect unemployment benefits, but here's a link to Alabama's UI statutes and if you need more information, you can also check the USDOL chartbooks up above.

Alabama Unemployment Statutes


Alaska is one of the three states in the country that when an employee tell me they didn't get benefits they had to pay an unemployment tax for .. I know they are correct. 

This may also be the reason, Alaska unemployment recipiency rate, 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


I think California does a good job of supplying information I think is helpful, for those needing to understand if, how and why, they may be able to receive unemployment benefits. 

California Unemployment Insurance Code 

Unemployment Insurance Precedents 

EDD Unemployment Insurance Benefit Determination Guide aka the UIBDG 


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                                                 

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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