Vermont Unemployment Application Information
How to Apply for Unemployment
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Vermont Department of Labor provides temporary and partial wage replacement for unemployed workers who have lost their job or their work hours have been reduced through no fault of their own. The amount of these benefits is computed based on your wages in the base period.
Applying for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits is easy in Vermont. You can either go online and file establish a claim using an internet browser or file a claim via telephone. Using online system for filing initial and subsequent claims is the preferred way due to efficiency and accessibility. The intuitive application portal makes things really easy even for someone who has never filed an application online.
UI benefits are temporary which means workers will only receive benefits for as long as they are unemployed. When they find work, benefits will stop. Claimants have to file claim every week to establish their eligibility for that week. If a claimant finds work and stops claiming benefits as a result but then losses job again, he/she can reopen existing claim by filing weekly benefits again.
Getting help with online UI claim
If you need assistance with establishing a UI claim or filing weekly claims using the internet, simply visit this page to contact a relevant section at Department of Labor. You may also want to visit this FAQ section and check if your query has already been answered.
Managing UI claim in Vermont
Your eligibility is determined after you file your claim. You can appeal if you are not satisfied with the determination or the amount of benefits approved. Learn more about UI claimant appeals here.
Learn more about receiving UI benefits by visiting this link.
Learn more about UI benefits in Vermont
Visit Unemployment Insurance on Department of Labor website to access important links and information related to UI claims in Vermont.
Unemployment Application Instructions
You may be eligible for UI benefits in Vermont if you have worked in Vermont at any time during the past 18 months and have lost your work, totally or partially. To file your claim online, simply follow these steps.
- Establish your claim initially by calling the toll-free number 1-877-214-3330. You can't establish a new claim using the internet in Vermont.
- Once a new claim is established, you are able to file weekly claims using the internet. Visit this link for accessing online application for weekly benefits.
- Enter your Social Security Number and PIN. If you haven't created your PIN earlier, visit this page to create a PIN number.
- Be sure you download and use this UI Claimant Handbook to understand how UI claim is processed.