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Welcome to the Official DOL Initial Claim for Unemployment Compensation Section

     This site allows you to file an Alabama Unemployment Compensation claim.  You can file a new claim or reopen an existing Alabama claim that was filed within the past year. Weekly Certifications for benefits may be filed online or by telephone.  You CANNOT file a claim on this site if:

  • You filed a claim against a state other than Alabama in the past 12 months.
  • You worked for the federal government in the last 18 months and were not laid off due to government shutdown.
  • You worked as a merchant seaman in the past 18 months.
  • You are currently outside the United States of America.

     In the above circumstances, you must call our Unemployment Compensation Telephone Claims Line, toll free at 866-234-5382, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, to determine your eligibility for filing. Before filing your claim, you MUST have the following information available:

  • Your Social Security Number. 
  • Your work history for the last 18 months, including your employers' business names, addresses, telephone numbers, and dates of employment.
  • Your alien registration number, IF you are not a U.S. Citizen.
  • Copy # 4 of your DD Form 214, IF released from the military in the past 18 months.
  • Your Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) certification letter and/or TAA petition number, IF you are filing for Trade Adjustment Assistance Benefits.
  • The name and local number of your union hiring hall, IF you obtain your work through a union hiring hall.
  • Your bank routing number and checking/savings account number, IF Direct Deposit is desired
  • A telephone number where you can be reached during normal business hours, ( 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday ).

     The information you provide will be used to determine your eligibility for Unemployment Compensation benefits.  It is important that your answers are accurate and complete for each question asked.  The law provides penalties for making false statements to obtain unemployment benefits.

     This service is provided as a convenient way to file your unemployment claim.  However, if you are unable to complete your claim using the Internet, you are still responsible for filing your claim in a timely manner.  In order for your claim to be effective THIS week, you must submit your entire application via the Internet or by contacting our Unemployment Compensation Telephone Claims Line toll free at 866-234-5382, no later than 4:30 PM Friday of this week.

     Warning:  The last page of the Internet application will state that your claim has been completed. Unless you see the page, your claim cannot be processed.  If you leave the Internet application idle for 20 minutes or more, your session will be terminated.  Canceling your claim or exiting the application at any time during this process will cause any information that you have entered to be discarded.  Using the "Back" button on your web browser is not recommended while using this application.  Using the "Back" button could cause you to lose all of the previously entered data, forcing you to re-enter all of your claim data.

     Please check your answers before processing each screen.  If assistance or clarification is needed before you answer, help text will be provided by hovering your mouse over the blue question mark (
) next to the question or box.

     The application may be used with any browser.  However, some people may experience difficulties with this application due to their browser's particular characteristics. Best results will be achieved with the latest version of  Internet Explorer .  If you have any problems at all, please call our toll free claims line. 

     It is strongly recommended that you keep your browser updated with the most current version for security reasons. Please check that you browser is current with all updates and you are using the latest version.

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     We will never ask for credit card information or ask you to pay any fee for filing this claim.

     We do not use any popup windows to gather any information, if any point you feel you may have been redirected to another site or a pop up window opens asking you to enter information, stop filing the claim and call 866-234-5382 (and select option 2).  

     To begin filing an Unemployment Compensation Claim, select