Disqualifications for Unemployment Insurance in the U.S.

Depending on the state in which you live, you can be disqualified from receiving unemployment insurance (UI) benefits or submitting a UI claim for various reasons. Each state will have a specific set of criteria that must be met before you can take advantage of the UI program. However, there are some general issues and concerns that are considered by UI offices across the country as acceptable reasons to decline UI claims.

Unable to Work

No matter where you live in the United States, you need to be able to work and take on employment at any time. In specific, you must be physically and mentally able to work. At the same time, you must be available to work and willing to accept a full-time employment opportunity if it is found or offered to you by a local UI office.

Lack of Work Search

As part of determining your eligibility for UI benefits, you will need to meet the work search requirement. This condition requires you to prove that you are actively seeking employment by contacting employers and attending interviews on a regular basis. As a result, you can be disqualified and your claim can be declined if you choose to skip this step in the application process. More importantly, you must continue to meet this requirement while receiving UI benefits; otherwise, your UI payments will be stopped and your claim will become inactive.

Reason for Unemployment

In most cases, the reason for unemployment will cause you to become disqualified from receiving UI benefits. This is because you must be completely or partially unemployed due to no fault of your own in order to qualify for UI. Moreover, you must be able to provide the details of your reason for separation from employment. For instance, you may be required to submit supporting documentation such as a letter or notice of unemployment from your last employer to prove that you are being honest in your UI claim. However, your application can be declined if you cannot provide this necessary information.

Dishonest Reporting

As part of the application process, you will need to provide the details of your employment history from the last 12 to 18 months. In particular, you will need to include any wages earned in the weeks and days leading up to the date that your application was submit. These wages include tips, bonuses, or any form of commission. In addition, you will need to report whether you have been rewarded any severance, sick, or vacation pay from your last employer. If you fail to provide any of these details and it comes to the attention of your local UI office, you will automatically become disqualified for UI benefits.


In all 51 states, you must be residing in the state during the period in which you wish to receive UI benefits. As a result, you cannot leave the state for prolonged periods of time, work in another part of the country, or go on vacation. Moreover, you must be actively seeking employment for each week that you wish to remain eligible for UI benefits. In the case that you wish to leave the state at any time during your benefit year, you must notify your local UI office.


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Monday, March 16, 2015 10:59 PM
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 4:10 PM
Part I:Alright I guess I might as well try to get this addressed once again. Won't lileky get a response, but can't hurt, right?I think that maybe you are overlooking the impact of a "structural" issue: The interest in the private sector to maximize profits through increasing productivity *as the direct result of reducing labor costs.* This is a matter of directionality. We see it all the time: I go into a Home Depot and look around for a knowledgeable employee to help me buy a pipe to repair my kitchen sink. I can't find any, so I walk out in frustration without buying anything. An opportunity for cross-selling with some related product is lost. Or I buy the wrong product and return it eating up labor cost in the process of doing so (customer support for the return process, restocking the shelves, etc.). Compare that to walking into your mom and pop hardware store years ago when the old man behind the counter went to the back to get your part even before you finished describing the problem. Companies reduce employees and labor cost to create profitability even though in the process, productivity gain is marginalized. I would buy more products at Home Depot if I had better customer service. In the end, the company could make more profit and be more profitable through markup on selling more products to me, but they pass up that form of profitability because they see cutting labor cost as low-hanging fruit. This process necessitates an ever continuing upward pressure on unemployment. A more traditional model is that you take an existing ratio of employee cost to profit and increase the profit in an absolute sense by adding more labor and producing more product (of course, there is a limit to that approach). I think that model is less prevalent than it used to be. Why? One reason is probably because of an increased emphasis on maximizing the return to the employees at the top of the corporate ladder at the direct expense of employees further down the corporate structure as seen by the dramatic increase in the ratio of CEO salaries to the average worker's wages. This change is a manifestation of a larger shift in business methodology that filters down throughout all levels of business models: There is less emphasis on selling a product for a good price and more emphasis on creating a balance sheet that attracts investors because employees at the top of the chain benefit directly from stock performance. The value of leveraging the input of human capital as a benefit to the company has been diminished. Within certain bounds, increasing the $ in profit can be obtained in various ways. One way is to hire more employees and produce more product.
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