How to Apply for Unemployment in Arizona

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Under Arizona law, if you meet certain financial requirements and are unemployed, you qualify for unemployment benefits. Arizona considers no-fault unemployment as losing your job because of layoff, whether it's seasonal or permanent, and quitting your job with good cause. To apply for unemployment benefits in the state of Arizona, you must be an Arizona resident, worked within the past 12 to 18 months and be available to work each week that you file a claim. If you meet all of the eligibility requirements, there are several methods available to apply for unemployment in Arizona.

Internet

  • Access the Arizona Department of Economic Security (AZDES) website at www.azdes.gov.

  • Click “Employment” and click “Unemployment – Individual.” Click “Apply for UI Benefits” under the “Online Services” heading to begin the application.

  • Complete and submit the application. You must provide your Social Security number, driver’s license or state ID number, name and address of your employers within the past 18 months, and your final date of employment.

Telephone

  • Call the Arizona Unemployment Insurance Call Center at (877) 600-2722 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST, excluding official holidays. The claim center is open 24 hours a day, but to complete an application, you must speak to a representative.

  • Select “Apply for Unemployment Insurance Benefits” from the list of options. You will be connected to a claims agent.

  • Provide the agent with your Social Security number, driver’s license or state ID number, name and address of your employers within the past 18 months, and your final date of employment. The agent will assist you with completing your application.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the AZDES requires more information, you will receive a letter containing the requirements to complete your application.
  • The department takes approximately one week to process applications and determine whether you qualify for benefits.
  • If you qualify for benefits, you will receive an Electronic Payment Card (EPC) in the mail. The agency deposits your benefits on the EPC each week that you qualify.
  • If there are no issues with your claim, you can expect your first payment within approximately 10 business days.
  • If you do not have access to a computer, you can use a computer at the DES Employment Service Office or the One-Stop Center. Staff at each center can help complete your unemployment application.

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