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North Dakota Unemployment

North Dakota Unemployment

A Guide to North Dakota Unemployment Insurance

Between 2000 and 2003, the Nebraska unemployment rate increased from 2.6% up to a high of 3.7%. That rate stayed relatively constant up until October 2005, when it then dropped down to a low of 2.8% in March 2008.  The North Dakota unemployment rate than sharply rose to a high of 4.3% in March 2009. Since then it has been steadily decreasing and has even dipped down to 3.2% in May 2001. As of October 2011, the North Dakota unemployment rate is at 3.5%. If you need legal advice and assistance, contact North Dakota lawyers.

Apply for North Dakota Unemployment Insurance

In North Dakota, unemployment insurance provides benefits to eligible individuals who are currently unemployed. You may be eligible for North Dakota unemployment insurance benefits if :

• You are able to and available for employment

• You are actively searching for employment

• You are unemployed at no fault of your own or you have had your hours at work reduced

• You are eligible monetarily based on the work performed in a specific one-year period, or the base period

You should file for unemployment insurance benefits immediately after you become unemployed since your claim will become effective the Sunday of the week after your claim is filed. Since you cannot backdate your unemployment insurance benefits claim to an earlier week, it is best to file as soon as possible. You can file your claim either by phone using North Dakota's automated phone system at (701) 328-4995, or online through North Dakota's UI ICE (Unemployment Insurance Internet Claims Entry System). In order to file your North Dakota unemployment insurance benefits claim, you will require the following:

• Your personal information including your social security number or alien identification number for non-U.S. citizens

• Your employment history for the last 18 months including the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any employers during this time

• What wage you are willing to accept

• If you are involved in a union, your union name and phone number

• Form DD-214 if you were in the military during the last 18 months

• Federal forms SF-8 and SF-50 if you were a federal civilian in the last 18 months

How to Maintain North Dakota Unemployment Insurance

North Dakota unemployment insurance benefits are usually available for 12-26 weeks. However, you may receive additional benefits through the Emergency Unemployment Compensation, a federal program which  provides additional weeks of benefits beyond the benefits provided by North Dakota. The deadline for filing a new initial claim for the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program benefits is December 31, 2011. Unless the United States Congress passes an extension, individuals will be unable to file new initial claims these benefits after the deadline. For those who qualify and apply for these benefits, they will be available through June 9, 2012 based on specific tiers. These benefits be available to a claimant until the benefits are exhausted, the June 9 deadline is reached, or the claimant is eligible for a new regular benefits claim.