Can my unemployment benetfits be cut off because I left the state?
April 9, 2009 9:35 AM   Subscribe

I know you can search for work in other states while collecting unemployment, but I'm fearful of having my benefits cut because I left before informing the Unemployment Office. Can they cut my benefits?

I received unemployment benefits from Nevada. They have never contacted me for anything, except a brief call to verify my identity before they approved me. Over the past months I have been unsuccessful in finding work in Nevada or California, so I finally accepted an offer from friends on the East coast to move in with them and look for work there, as my networking opportunities are higher in my hometown.

The problem: I never spoke to anyone at the Nevada unemployment office before leaving because I could never get through to them- they are overwhelmed with clients these days so their lines are busy or you are caller #72. Can they cut off my benefits for this? What should I do to avoid that happening?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (4 answers total)
In general, you report to the unemployment office in your new state and they coordinate the benefits with your old state. Your benefits are permanently associated with your last job. It should be a fairly routine situation for the unemployment folks in the new state.
posted by Lame_username at 10:23 AM on April 9, 2009

It should be a fairly routine situation for the unemployment folks in the new state.

It was pretty routine for me when I moved from Oregon to New York while collecting unemplyment benefits. Granted that was 9 years ago (Jesus fuck am I that old?), so things may be somewhat different now, especially in the sense that unemployment offices are overwhelmed right now, but it still shouldn't be difficult. Mostly, you will probably just need to resign yourself to spending the better part of a day either waiting on hold on the phone or in line at the unemployment office. Although who know-- you may even be able to take care of everything on-line now. You may find what you need here.
posted by dersins at 10:46 AM on April 9, 2009

Back in 1995, New York tried to dock my unemployment for the days that I was looking for work in Georgia, saying that I could go to Georgia's DOL for unemployment for those days. I appealed and won, on the grounds that "looking for work" doesn't mean I've changed residency.
posted by deadmessenger at 10:53 AM on April 9, 2009

If you are going to switch states for benefits, remember that the amount you get differs between states and NY benefits might be (considerably) lower than what you are currently receiving.
posted by anthropoid at 6:10 PM on April 9, 2009

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