How to collect unemployment if you quit your job

Quitting your job does not automatically disqualify you for unemployment compensation, but you'll have to prove you had good reasons for resigning.

Before quitting your job, make sure you've considered the challenges of being unemployed. Don't quit your job because you're having a bad day or because someone got on your bad side. Carefully review your choices and ensure that quitting your job is the best decision for you.

To qualify for unemployment compensation after you've quit a job, you must show you left for "good cause." The unemployment agency will require evidence of unsafe working conditions, health damage, on-the-job dangers or an employer's breach of the original employment contract.

Visit your local unemployment office to complete the application or complete the application at your state agency's web site. Answer questions with as much detail as possible.

Follow up with your application and immediately respond to any correspondence from the unemployment office. Failure to meet the deadline for responding can cause your claim to be denied.

If you have presented a clear and detailed case that meets the agency's requirements, you should receive a prompt response and approval. Make sure you follow the weekly requirements to continue receiving checks, and respond right away to all correspondence from the agency.


Check your state's application guidelines before visiting the unemployment office. Many states require online applications and no longer accept in-house applications.


Misrepresenting your case in an unemployment application can result in federal prosecution.

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