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Vermont Unemployment Benefit Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility_RequirementsClaimants are required to register for work in the Department’s Vermont JobLink system. You will receive a “Requirement To Register For Work” notice, with the REQUIREMENT to create a Vermont JobLink “Plus Account” within 5 days of the notice to meet eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits. read more

How does a Vermont unemployed worker (claimant) establish a claim or re-open an existing claim?

A:  If a claimant has not filed an unemployment claim within a year, (s)he must call our Unemployment Claim Center’s Initial Vermont Claim line at 1-877-214-3330.  If the claimant previously established a new claim and such benefit year is still valid, in many cases the claim can be re-opened online.  

Q:  Why does a claimant have to look for work when (s)he just lost a job? 
A:   If the claimant does not have a job to return to within a certain period of time, (s)he must immediately begin looking for other employment, by making AND documenting at least 3 job contacts every week.  Vermont Unemployment Insurance Benefit is temporary income to help tide a claimant over until suitable work can be found.  While making job contacts, the claimant must document efforts.  The work search report  provides the necessary information the claimant is required to document. 
Q:  Why does a claimant have to register with the local unemployment office? 
A:   All claimants who file an unemployment claim must register for work, which is one method of indicating the claimant is able and available for work.  In many cases, this registration is done automatically. read more


Information Needed to file Vermont Unemployment Benefit Claim

  • Social Security Number
  • Mailing Address and Home Address
  • Telephone Number (including area code)
  • Alien Registration Number (if not a U.S. citizen)
  • Amount and duration of any separation pay you may receive (vacation pay, severance pay, etc.)
  • Return to work date (if you expect to be recalled to your job)
  • Valid Driver’s License Number (or state issued ID Number, if applicable)
  • Banking information for Direct Deposit of your unemployment check
  • Military Form DD-214, Member 4 Copy (if you were in the military in the past 18 months)
  • Form SF-8 (if you worked for the Federal Government during the past 18 months and received one)
Maximum Weekly Vermont Unemployment Benefit:
The maximum weekly benefit amount shall not increase and will remain at $425.00 for all claims effective July 7, 1013.
Base Period:
The Base Period is four successive calendar quarters that fall within the 18 month period prior to establishing a new benefit year.

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Unemployment Office Tips:

Tips to help you when visiting your local Unemployment Office:

  • Show Up Early: Your local unemployment office can sometimes be crowded. You must understand that there are a lot of people currently looking for work. So you will find a lot of people filing for benefits.
  • Be prepared to wait: With lots of people at your local unemployment office, if you are late you will have to wait. The best way to avoid the long lines is to get to the office early.
  • Be prepared with your Documents: If you are applying for unemployment benefits be sure to take with you all necessary information such as a job release letter, date of last employment and name of the company.
  • Have a Cool Head: With lots of people at your local unemployment office waiting to be seen it’s easy to get frustrated and loose you cool. Remember that counselors are there to assist you. Keeping a cool head and being courteous will help speed the process along.

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