Q) What about for disability retirement? If I applied and got approved for disability retirement (not regular retirement) from government, would I qualify for unemployment insurance if I can still work and apply to other jobs?
A) If you are receiving disability retirement benefits, you may not be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits because unemployment insurance is generally for individuals who are able to work and actively seeking work. However, the specific rules and regulations can vary by state and situation, so it’s best to check with your state’s unemployment insurance agency to determine your eligibility for benefits.
According to the social security administration – 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.