The North Dakota Job Service (“ND Job Service”) is the primary gateway for all North Dakota citizens to learn about, apply for and receive unemployment insurance (“UI”) benefits. The Job Service website also provides information related to labor market information, unemployment tax guidance and information for employers and ND jobs available with the North Dakota state government. There are also private, non-governmental, job openings listed there too from time to time. The JobsND.com website is an important resource to utilize if you have lost your job, have had your work hours reduced at your current job or are just generally looking for a better employment situation. With the tough economy that the United States as a whole has faced many have begun to search for how to qualify for unemployment benefits. Although the JobsND.com website has information on many other topics, we’ll focus on the State’s unemployment insurance program in this post.
Unemployment insurance is provided jointly between the State of North Dakota and the United States federal government. Initially, your unemployment claims will be paid out by the State of North Dakota. However, if you qualify for any type of unemployment benefit extension after your initial UI claims are exhausted the federal government then begins to assist North Dakota with making those payments. Under current laws and, if you have become unemployed or partially unemployed before August 1, 2011, you can potentially receive up to 99 weeks of total unemployment compensation, including the unemployment benefit extensions that are provided under current law. Keep in mind that the laws regarding unemployment benefits continue to change on a regular (almost annually the past few years) basis.
Filing Your Claim
To file a claim for North Dakota unemployment benefits you can either apply through the JobsND website or through the telephone by calling (701) 328-4995. It is critical to file your claim as soon as you have become unemployed or partially employed. The benefits you are able to receive is based upon when you submit your application. Therefore, if you file your application one week later than you were otherwise able to you will lose out on one week’s worth of unemployment benefit insurance. Additionally, the North Dakota Job Service will not backdate your application in an attempt to maximize the amount of benefits you are entitled to. Your application will be considered effective the Sunday of the week that you submitted a completed application.
After you receive your benefits North Dakota law requires you to submit a weekly certification statement in which you state that you currently meet all eligibility requirements to receive a benefit payment for the upcoming week. The ND Jobs office will send the form to you in time for you to complete it before you next benefits payments are due. Keep in mind that you will not receive your unemployment check until you have submitted your certification each week! Be sure to completely fill out the certification form or you may experience a delay in benefits. The form will ask you several questions related to the amount of income you earned during the previous week. The answers on this form are used to determine if there needs to be any adjustment to the benefit amount you are being paid.
For more information on North Dakota unemployment benefits visit the North Dakota Jobs website at JobsND.com.
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