Unemployment benefits are temporary and end when you find a new job or your benefits run out. Otherwise, you could abuse the program by making unemployment your main source of income each year. When you finally get a new job, you must stop requesting payments or report your income to receive partial unemployment benefits.
One of the eligibility requirements for unemployment benefits is an active job search for new full-time employment. Your state expects you to spend a significant amount of time each week searching for appropriate employment and keep a detailed log of the activity. The actual amount of job search time required to continue your benefits depends on the state in question. In most cases, once you find your new job, your benefits end.
The only time your unemployment doesn’t end with a new job is when your income is less than the amount you were collecting on unemployment and you’re working less than full-time hours. In these cases, your state can often offer you partial unemployment benefits. Instead of collecting your full weekly benefit amount, the state gives you a portion based on the income you earn each week.
For each unemployment benefit week, you must certify for benefits. This involves calling into the claims line or logging onto the claims site to answer automated questions that verify your eligibility for that week. Certification reinforces your eligibility and prompts the state to pay you. The most efficient way to end your unemployment benefits is to stop certifying for benefits. In fact, most states don’t give you any other option to end your benefits.
Reopening a Claim
After you end your unemployment claim, you can reopen it if you find yourself without a job again. Reopening a claim is similar to opening one in the first place. The only difference is that your information, username and password are already in the system. Some states require additional eligibility requirements to reopen a claim, such as a certain amount of work hours or work wages between closing your claim and reopening it.
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Michaele Curtis began writing professionally in 2001. As a freelance writer for the Centers for Disease Control, Nationwide Insurance and AT&T Interactive, her work has appeared in "Insurance Today," "Mobiles and PDAs" and "Curve Magazine." Curtis holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Louisiana State University.