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Unemployment benefits

Unemployment benefits

As a veteran, you may be eligible for UCX or your state's unemployment insurance program.

If you have recently left the military, you may be eligible for Unemployment Compensation for Ex-servicemembers (UCX). You must:

  • Have been on active duty with a branch of the U.S. military.
  • Have been separated under honorable conditions.

Ask a Veterans Employment representative at a local American Job Center if you are eligible. Bring your Form DD-214 for reference.

Federal-state Unemployment Insurance program

You might also be eligible for your state's Unemployment Insurance program, a joint state-federal program that provides cash benefits to eligible workers.

Each state administers a separate unemployment insurance program, but all states follow the same guidelines established by federal law.

COVID-19 (coronavirus) update: The federal government is allowing new options for states to amend their laws to provide additional unemployment insurance benefits related to COVID-19. Visit the Unemployment Benefits Finder to learn if your state has expanded benefits and learn how to apply.

Unemployment insurance payments (benefits) are intended to provide temporary financial assistance to unemployed workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. Each state sets its own additional requirements for eligibility, benefit amounts, and length of time benefits can be paid.

In general, benefits are based on a percentage of your earnings over a recent 52-week period, and each state sets a maximum amount. Benefits are subject to federal and most state income taxes aned must be reported on your income tax return. You may choose to have the tax withheld from your payment.