I am on social security if I worked and laid off can I collect unemployment

unemployed_personQ) I am on social security if I worked and am laid off can I collect unemployment

A) As a recipient of Social Security retirement or disability benefits, you can still be eligible for unemployment benefits if you meet the eligibility requirements set by your state. In general, you must have lost your job through no fault of your own and meet other criteria such as having worked for a certain amount of time and earning a minimum amount of wages. However, in some states, your Social Security benefits may offset your unemployment benefits, which means your unemployment benefits may be reduced or eliminated. It is best to contact your state’s unemployment insurance agency or visit their website to learn more about eligibility requirements and how your Social Security benefits may affect your unemployment benefits.

Unemployment insurance benefits are not counted under the Social Security annual earnings test and therefore do not affect your receipt of Social Security benefits. However, the unemployment benefit amount of an individual may be reduced by the receipt of a pension or other retirement income, including Social Security and Railroad Retirement benefits.

You should contact your state unemployment office for information on how your state applies the reduction.


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