Filing for Unemployment Insurance Benefits

New York State is currently waiving the 7-day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines.

Individuals may apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits online or by phone.

Online: Click here and create or sign in with your NY.GOV ID

Online Claims may be filed Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm, Friday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday all day and Sunday until 7 pm.

Phone: Call the Telephone Claim Center at 1-888-209-8124 Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

If you are filing a new unemployment insurance claim, the day you should file is based on the first letter of your last name. If your last name starts with A – F, file your claim on Monday. For last names starting with G – N, file your claim on Tuesday. For last names starting with O – Z, file your claim on Wednesday. If you missed your filing day, file your claim on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Filing later in the week will not delay your payments or affect the date of your claim, since all claims are effective on the Monday of the week in which they are filed.

Frequently Asked Questions about Unemployment Insurance