There are two reason you’d need to reapply for unemployment benefits. The first is that you went off unemployment during your claim and you’re ready to reopen the claim. The other is that your previous unemployment claim is over and you have to start a new one during your new benefit year. Either way, the process is the same. You log into the state’s claim system, answer the application questions and then submit it to the state.

Read your state’s unemployment claimant handbook to verify that you meet the qualifications for your type of claim, whether refiling or reopening a claim.

Access either the state’s claims phone line or the state’s claims website to begin your application. Log in using your Social Security number and the PIN you created when you filed your first claim.

Answer the automated application questions using either your computer keyboard or the telephone keypad. Verify that the answers to all the questions are true to the best of your knowledge.

Submit your claim to the state for consideration. Do not disconnect the call or close your Internet browser until you receive a confirmation message verifying your claim has been submitted.


If you’ve forgotten your PIN since the last time you logged into the claims system, contact your state’s unemployment division to reset it. You must verify your personal information before a claims agent can help you, though.


Remember that each state sets the regulations for its own unemployment compensation programs. It’s difficult to be specific about the process without knowing the state in question. If you have state specific questions, contact your state labor office for further help.