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

If you are an employee / claimant, or even the occasional employer to visit, I know it can be frustrating figuring out how unemployment laws should work on a particular set of facts

But the good news, if you're willing and although unemployment insurance laws absolutely varies from state to state, is there's usually only one set of state laws, you need to be concerned about if you're trying to win your own unemployment hearing .. at least most of the time.

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if your hearing will be in one of the following states.

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

(or you can always talk to me about my less costly coaching services, for dealing with a problem at work, or even after being denied benefits, but only if you choose the coaching option and then call me).

2016 Unemployment Law Comparison Charts ..

The United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration still has good self help information, if you know where to find it. 

Each year, the DOLETA updates the State Unemployment Law Comparison Charts, because state laws are changed, most times without any warning to the employees and employers changes impact.   

On a personal note, let me just say, I think the comparisonj charts are an invaluable free resource.  They served me well as an employee who coordinate UI hearings for employers across the country and since 2009 when I decided to work, in the hope I could help claimants benefit too.

PS   Official unemployment websites .. where we apply for benefits, have a real tendency to move, or eliminate free resources and not tell you, or me where they moved the good stuff.

So  please, if you find a link below is broken, or happens to take you to a .gov website that causes your browser, or anti-virus program to freak, or back you out and away from information  because a threat was detected let me know.  Last year I fixed a ton, but I may of missed some.

To find the most current 2017's Unemployment Insurance Comparison Charts, click here.  Most of the links below go to the 2016 chartbooks.

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 forthcoming with any sort of information I call useful .. at least not to an unemployed person .. but here's where I found Alabama's UI statutes.

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

 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                                                 

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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