I have disability can I apply for unemployment

Q) I have disability can I apply for unemployment

A) In general, individuals who are unable to work due to a disability are not eligible for unemployment benefits. To qualify for unemployment benefits, an individual must be physically and mentally able to work, actively seeking work, and meet other eligibility criteria such as having worked a certain amount of time and earning a minimum amount of wages. However, the specific rules regarding eligibility for disability and unemployment benefits can vary by state and individual circumstances, so it’s best to check with your state’s unemployment office and/or disability office for guidance on your specific situation.

To receive unemployment benefits, you must be ready and able to work. You will also be required to actively seek employment. … Note, however, that you cannot receive unemployment if Social Security awards disability benefits. Only those who are genuinely searching for gainful work may be entitled to unemployment. If you get SSI, you also may be able to get other benefits, such as Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). For more information about SSI, read Supplemental Security Income (SSI) (Publication No. 05-11000). After you receive disability benefits for 24 months, you’ll be eligible for Medicare.

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