I am getting social security, and retirement. The place I work is closing. Will I be able to draw unemployment?

Q) I’m 77 and getting social security, a retirement check and work part time. The place I work will be closed for 6 weeks. Will I be able to draw unemployment. Thank you

A) It depends on the laws of your state. In some states, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits if you are laid off through no fault of your own, regardless of your age. However, in other states, you may only be eligible for benefits if you are under a certain age.

You can check with your state’s unemployment office to see if you are eligible for benefits.

Here are some things to keep in mind about unemployment benefits for seniors:

  • The amount of benefits you receive may be lower than the amount you would receive if you were younger.
  • You may have to meet additional requirements, such as completing a job search or attending job training.
  • You may not be eligible for benefits if you have other sources of income, such as Social Security or a pension.

If you are unsure about whether or not you are eligible for unemployment benefits, you should contact your state’s unemployment office.

In general Social Security does not count unemployment benefits as earnings. They do not affect retirement benefits. However, income from Social Security may reduce your unemployment compensation. Contact your state unemployment office for information on how your state applies the reduction.


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