Q) Can I collect unemployment insurance post 65? I was recently laid off from GE
A) If you have worked the required hours by your state and was laid off because of no fault of your own, you can receive unemployment benefits. If you are receiving social security benefits any benefits you get from unemployment insurance will not reduce your Social Security payments. That’s because Social Security does not count unemployment benefits as earnings. So the benefits will not push you closer to earnings ceilings that trigger cuts in Social Security benefits for people ages 62 to 66. In most states, getting Social Security will not reduce your unemployment benefits (which are administered by state governments). Only Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota and South Dakota reduce the jobless benefits.