Q) If working full time then hours go to 17 to 18 hours a week can you sign up for unemployment?
A) Yes, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits if your hours are cut from full-time to part-time. The specific requirements vary from state to state, but generally speaking, you must be able to show that your reduced hours were not due to your own fault and that you are still actively looking for full-time work. You may also need to provide documentation from your employer that supports your claim.
To be sure, you should contact your state’s unemployment office to inquire about your eligibility. You can find the contact information for your state’s unemployment office on the U.S. Department of Labor website.
Here are some tips for increasing your chances of being approved for unemployment benefits:
- Be sure to document your reduced hours. This could include copies of your pay stubs or letters from your employer.
- Be prepared to explain why your hours were reduced. This should be a clear and concise explanation that focuses on factors beyond your control.
- Be patient and persistent. The unemployment process can be slow and frustrating, but it is important to be patient and persistent. If you are denied benefits, you should appeal the decision.
If you have become partially unemployed you can apply for unemployment benefits.
Requirements for Unemployment Benefits
- Be totally or partially unemployed.
- Be unemployed through no fault of his/her own.
- Be physically able to work.
- Be available for work which means to be ready and willing to immediately accept work.
- Be actively looking for work.
- Meet eligibility requirements each week benefits are claimed.
- Be approved for training before training benefits can be paid.
I hope this helps!