How to Check on My Unemployment Appeal

Some people file for state unemployment insurance benefits after a layoff or termination. However, approval is not automatic. For example, people fired "with cause" for violating company rules usually are not eligible. An accountant fired for stealing company money would not qualify for unemployment, for example. People who voluntarily quit their jobs are also ineligible. State agencies investigate applications for unemployment benefits with appeals possible. Checking on an appeal is a straightforward process.

Read the paperwork sent to you about the appeal. The state usually sends an official letter of determination by mail, confirming the appeal. It also includes important information about the appeals process, including contact information for updates.

Visit the website for the state agency as listed in the paperwork. Find a menu selection for appeals, and then look for a tab for “checking the status of an appeal” or something similar.

Click on the tab to enter your Social Security number or the case number from your appeal. Click on enter or submit to view an update.

Review correspondence sent to you for the telephone number and call the state agency. Alternatively you can call the public library or directory assistance for help locating a contact number. The agencies have different names depending on the state. For example, in Texas the Texas Workforce Commission manages the process. In Maryland, the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation handles applications and appeals. Give the representative your appeal case number or Social Security number to receive an update.