How to File For Unemployment Benefits in Indiana


If you live in Indiana and have recently been fired from your job, you can be receiving between $50 and $390 per week for up to 26 weeks (or longer, thanks to extended benefits) while you search for a new job. This how-to will assist you in filing for Indiana unemployment.

  • First, you should figure out if you are eligible for unemployment in Indiana. You must have lost your job in the last 12 to 18 months through no fault of your own. You must be willing and able to work as soon as you find a job opening. You must have made a minimum income in the previous 12 months to prove that you were working regularly.

  • When you apply, you should have the following information ready to submit: your name, address, social security number and phone number, as well as your last employer's name, address, phone number and the dates you were employed by him/her. Finally, you should be able to explain why you are unemployed.

  • If you would like to file your unemployment claim online, access the Uplink Claimant Self-Service program on the Indiana Department of Workforce Development website (link below). Become a new member. The page linked to below has a tutorial that will help you navigate the Uplink program.

  • If you would rather file in person, head to an Indiana WorkOne Center where you will be assisted. Below is a link to a page that will help you find the WorkOne Center nearest you.

  • When the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (IDWD) has processed your claim, you will then have to start filling out weekly vouchers to collect your money. If you filed in person, the vouchers will be sent in the mail. If you filed for unemployment online, you will have to log back in to Uplink Self-Service to access the vouchers.

  • Money will be issued to you on a weekly basis through a special debit card that will be sent in the mail to you.

  • To continue to receive unemployment benefits, you are required to submit your resume to Indiana's career building website. You are also required to apply for a job once a week and search for other work twice per week. This information will be filled out on your weekly voucher.

Tips & Warnings

  • After you submit your Indiana unemployment application and are accepted, you must wait one week before collecting payments. This is a mandatory waiting period.
  • Call the IDWD hotline at 1-800-891-6499 if you have trouble collecting your Indiana unemployment benefits.

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