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File a new Unemployment Insurance claim here. Our online filing system has been improved to better serve New Yorkers. You may file your claim any day of the week (Monday-Sunday) from 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM (Eastern Time).
New Yorkers who have already filed partial claims under the old UI system and were told to call the call center to finish their application should NOT - instead, the DOL call center will call these New Yorkers directly.


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The best way to file a new claim for unemployment insurance is through our improved online filing system. File a new claim here. This is only for new claims. If you already have a claim, please go to labor.ny.gov/signin to make weekly certifications or to view your claim information.

If you are filing a new Unemployment Insurance claim, the day you should apply is based on the first letter of your last name.
A - F file on Monday | G - N file on Tuesday | O - Z file on Wednesday
Missed your day? File on Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun
Any claim you file will be backdated to the date you became unemployed. If you are eligible, you will be paid for all benefits due.

If you are a worker who is being instructed by a non-essential employer to work anywhere outside the home, please file a complaint with NYS DOL labor.ny.gov/COVIDcomplaint. If you are unsure if you are essential, please contact Empire State Development for guidance.

Paid Sick Leave
Governor Cuomo enacted a law that provides benefits - including sick leave, paid family leave, and disability benefits - to New York employees impacted by mandatory or precautionary orders of quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19. If your employer does not comply with this law, you have the right to file a complaint. If you have any questions about this law, please visit www.ny.gov/COVIDpaidsickleave.

Career Centers closed:
All in-person appointments at all Career Centers in New York State have been canceled until further notice.
Unemployment Insurance benefits will NOT be impacted and customers should continue to file for weekly benefits as normal. Customers will receive a follow-up letter or phone call with additional information at a later date.

Additional Information:
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