A) Filing an unemployment claim can be done on your state online unemployment benefits portal; an appointment is not required. Usually you must have lost your job through no fault of your own or if you till have a job; your employer has reduced your hours of work. You may also qualify if you have lost your regular full-time job, but are still working a part-time or temporary job where you earn less than your weekly benefit amount. You may also qualify if you are working part-time or reduced hours while receiving UI and a total separation has happened. For most states you must also have earned enough during your state qualifying period (known as the “base period”).