New York Unemployment Insurance

What is New York Unemployment Insurance Benefit?

Unemployment Insurance Benefit is a joint Federal and State program that provides unemployment benefits to eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own (as determined under State law), and meet other eligibility requirements of State law.  The unemployment benefits are funded through unemployment insurance (UI) tax paid by the employers.

All states require a worker to have earned a certain amount of wages or to have worked for a certain period of time (or both) within the base period to be monetarily eligible to receive any Unemployment benefits.

If you quit a job, you can not get unemployment benefits. You must be laid off or terminated through no fault on your own.

How to Apply for New York Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

If you have been fired or terminated recently, you can apply for New York Unemployment Benefits using the following methods.

  • It is best to apply for UI online. Sign in with your NY.GOV ID and follow the instructions to file a claim.
  • Call our Telephone Claim Center, toll-free during business hours to file a claim.
    • 1-888-209-8124 for New York State residents
    • 1-877-358-5306 for out-of-state residents

The maximum weekly New York Unemployment Benefit is $405.  You must re-certify each week and be actively seeking employment during your unemployment.Your Unemployment Benefits depends on your based period, the average wage in three months.  The basic base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters prior to the calendar quarter in which the claim is effective.

State Year Maximum Weekly Unemployment Benefit UI Term
New York 2014-2015 $405 26 Weeks

How long can you receive New York Unemployment Benefit?

In general, you can receive up to 26 weeks of unemployment benefit.  During periods of high unemployment, Unemployment benefits claimants may collect more weeks of benefits.

New York Unemployment Insurance Online and Contact Information:

Contact the New York Department of Labor at 1-888-209-8124 for more information on Unemployment Insurance Benefits.

General Information about the Unemployment Insurance Program is available at:

Individual UI Claim Assistance

  • (888) 209-8124
  • (877) 358-5306 (Outside NYS)

Other UI Contact Information

NYS Department of Labor
Building 12
W.A. Harriman Campus
Albany, NY 12240