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

After checking out the liable state's unemployment laws, it's quite possible to feel as if little light has been shed on how your unemployment claim should work out.

The good news .. I tried to include additional resources that explain what a law, statute, or regulation might mean for you and especially to the liable state unemployment agency in control of deciding who was at fault for the loss of a job, as it conforms to laws and regulations, including other issues such as how to monetarily qualify an unemployment claim, and all the ongoing conditional eligibility requirements important to those who need to keep collecting unemployment benefits each week .. employed again, or benefits are exhausted.

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Unemployment Law Comparison Charts From the USDOLETA

The United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration provides a good jumping off place to understand your issue before you quit, or get fired, as well as before you apply for benefits, or before you represent yourself at a tribunal unemployment hearing .. whether that hearing is held by phone, or in person.

 On a personal note, let me say,  it's the Unemployment Insurance Law Comparison Charts I head for first when I need to answer a question about how an unemployment law might work differently in one state .. vs another.

When you find a broken link, let me know and I'll do my best to search and find out where the information may of been moved .. by none other than a state, or federal government entity.

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

To find all of 2017's Unemployment Insurance Comparison Charts, click here.   (The USDOL generally updates the charts for the current year in mid summer.)

Most of the links below are still going to the 2016 chartbooks.  If you find some useful information in one, or more, please be diligent and double check the info wasn't changed for the year 2017 .. until the new charts for 2018 arrive.

  • What Employment is Covered by Unemployment Insurance? (If you think you've been misclassified by an employer, such as when they call an employee an independent contractor, or they want to switch you from a non-exempt to exempt employee .. or vice versa, then this is important information to know)
  • Unemployment Overpayment Information (Conditions for Repaying Benefits when overpayment if found to be fraud, or non-fraud and conditions if a state provide overpayment waivers.  Overpayments suck .. which is why I recommend being professionally represented to reduce the risk of being denied after a lower level hearing erroneously .. but nonetheless having to repay the amount you were overpaid .. plus some more.)

State Unemployment Laws, aka Employment Security Acts 

Government websites move and eliminate links.  Sometimes it seems they do so, as often as I pick the clutter up and off my bathroom counter .. 

Please, if you find a broken link please email me and I'll do my best to find something I think is needed.

And by the way .. if you know of any official resource and you think would be helpful to others, show it to me.  If it helps and I don't have it here .. I'll add it. 



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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