Unemployment Office

The unemployment insurance (UI) program is offered by Department of Labor, which is supervised by the State of Vermont. The UI program is meant to provide financial assistance to individuals who are temporarily unemployed and actively seeking employment.



Before you can submit a UI claim, you should be able to prove that you have become completely or partially unemployed through no fault of your own. As part of the application process, you may be required to submit a notice or letter of separation from employment that has been given to you by your last employer. At the time of your application, you must be willing to work and physically able to work; thus, you cannot refuse a suitable job opportunity offered to you through the UI program. Moreover, you must have worked in the state of Vermont for the past 18 months. In the case that you are partially employed, you must be earning less than 30 percent of your potential weekly benefit amount or approximately $40 per week (whichever is greater). Thereafter, a dollar-for-dollar deduction will be applied to your weekly earnings for every dollar that exceeds this limit.

Work Search Requirement

Similar to other states, you must maintain a work search record outlining your attempts to contact potential employers in Vermont. In specific, you must reach out to a minimum of three professionals for each week that you wish to receive UI benefits, and the details must be recorded in the log. For instance, you will need to include the date, method, and result of contact. Additionally, you must register with the Vermont JobLink system, which is a web-based job matching program that has been designed to help you find suitable full-time employment as soon as possible.

Monetary Eligibility Requirement

To satisfy this requirement, you must have earned enough wages in your “base period” to be eligible for UI benefits. The base period is made up of the first four quarters out of the last five completed quarters of the calendar year. This period will be used to determine your monetary eligibility as well as your weekly and maximum benefit amounts. For instance, your weekly benefit amount will be based on the sum of the two quarters in which you earned the most wages (two high quarters). This sum will need to be divided by 45, and the result should be rounded to the next whole dollar. Similarly, your maximum benefit amount will be approximately 46 percent of your total base period wages or 26 times your weekly benefit amount; whichever is less will be used as your total benefit amount. However, you cannot receive more than $425 per week or less than $69 per week in UI benefits, and you can take advantage of these payments for a maximum of 26 weeks in one benefit year (52 weeks).

How to File a Claim

You can choose to submit your claim online or by telephone; you will need to contact 1-800-983-2300. In both cases, you will need your Social Security Number (SSN) and the details of your employment history from the last 18 months. In addition, you will need your banking information if you wish to receive payments through direct deposit.

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Department of Labor 5 Green Mountain Drive PO Box 488 Montpelier, VT 5601 (802) 828-4000 View Website Unemployement Claim File