Filing a Claim for Arizona Unemployment

The U.S. unemployment rate stood at 9.3 percent as of November 2010.
The U.S. unemployment rate stood at 9.3 percent as of November 2010. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Unemployment benefits are distributed to newly unemployed full-time workers for a limited time, based on work history, earnings and other eligibility requirements. Claims must be filed weekly to continue receiving benefits. One condition of receiving unemployment benefits in Arizona is the continued active search for employment. Arizona residents can submit their unemployment claims online or over the phone.

Things You'll Need

  • Social Security number
  • Arizona driver's license or state ID
  • Detailed employer information for previous 18 months
  • Severance, dismissal or vacation pay information, if any
  • Name and local number of your union hall, if applicable
  • Alien registration number, if applicable
  • Copy # 4 of your DD Form 214, if released from the military in the last 18 months
  • SF 8 or SF 50, if employed in federal civilian service in the last 18 months

File Online

Gather or prepare the required identification and work history and salary information. This is the information needed to apply or make your initial claim. Once approved, you will only need a personal identification number and weekly wage information to file your weekly claim.

File online by visiting the Arizona unemployment claims website. Scroll to the bottom and click "File a Claim."

Read the questions carefully. Refer to your work history and salary information to answer the questions correctly and accurately, making sure to double-check dates and figures. A small error can determine whether or not you are approved for benefits. Click "Continue" only after completely reviewing each page of questions and answers.

Wait to receive a confirmation number at the end of the application process. If you do not receive a confirmation number, your claim will not be reviewed.

File by Phone

Call 1-877-600-2722 to file your unemployment claim by phone.

Listen carefully for the menu options. Select "1" to apply for benefits or "3" to make your weekly claim. The system will ask a series of "yes"or "no" questions. After the introductory questions, a live representative will come on the line and complete your claim application. Make sure you have all the information in front of you to ensure that your answers are correct and accurate.

Remain on the line until the representative has informed you whether or not your claim has been approved. If you hang up before the representative confirms your application status, it will be considered incomplete and will not be accepted.

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