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Applying for Unemployment Benefits

If you are a Square Payroll employee and recently lost your job, were laid off, furloughed, or had your hours reduced, you may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits through your state agency. This article includes information on how to locate and contact your state unemployment office and how to find the necessary information on Square Payroll to file your unemployment claim.

State Unemployment Offices

Each state operates their own unemployment benefit program and eligibility requirements vary per state. Filing online is often the fastest option but many states also offer the option to file by phone or in person.

The Unemployment Benefits Finder, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, has a directory of state unemployment offices and information on benefits, eligibility and how to file a claim.

Note: Many states have expanded eligibility and/or waived requirements for applying for unemployment benefits related to COVID-19. For example, some states have waived the one-week waiting period to be considered for unemployment benefits and you may be able to apply as soon as your employment situation has changed. You can find updates for each state through the Unemployment Benefits Finder.

Information and Documentation to file a Claim

Each state requires different documentation to file an unemployment insurance claim. Sqaure Payroll employees with online account access can find most of this information on their Square Payroll Employee Dashboard or Square Team app. When possible, we recommend collecting this information before filing your claim as some state websites may not allow you to save your information or navigate backwards in the application flow. In most states, you will need the following information:

Personal Information
- Your Social Security number (or alien registration number, if you are not a U.S. citizen)
- Your complete mailing address and zip code
- An email address where you can be reached
- A phone number where you can be reached
- Your driver license or Motor Vehicle ID card number (some states)

Employment Information
This information can be found on the Paystubs and Tax Forms tabs of your Square Payroll Employee Dashboard or Square Team app.
- Name, address, phone number from your recent employer (most states request this information from the past 18 months)
- Dates of employment and reason for separation from your recent employer (most states request this information from the past 18 months)
- Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) of your most recent employer (EIN is on your Form W-2)
- Recent paystubs and other wage records, such as the Form W-2

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