Alabama UnemploymentUpdated May 12, 2021 Unemployment
Alabama Unemployment Insurance Benefits
The state of Alabama’s Unemployment Compensation Division administers unemployment insurance benefits to workers who either are unemployed or have had their work hours dramatically reduced through no fault of their own. The program helps provide stability for Alabama’s economy.
Alabama’s unemployment compensation program is financed by employer taxes, both state and federal. All taxes are paid by Alabama employers. Employees do not pay any taxes toward the administration of this program.
Alabama Unemployment Services
|Private Website||Alabama Unemployment|
|Appeal a Denial||https://labor.alabama.gov/Appeals/default|
|Find a Local Office||Office Directory|
|Coronavirus Updates||COVID-19 Assistance|
Am I Eligible for Unemployment Benefits in Alabama?
Most Alabama residents are eligible for unemployment benefits if all of the following is true:
- The claimant must have earned at least a minimum amount in wages before becoming unemployed, as defined by Alabama law.
- The claimant must be unemployed through no fault of his or her own.
- The claimant must be physically and mentally able to work.
- The claimant must be available to work.
- The claimant must actively be seeking available jobs.
Benefit Payments and Duration
|Base Period||First 4 of the last 5 completed quarters|
|Alt Base Period||Last 4 completed quarters|
|Duration of Benefits||Weekly Payment||Maximum Benefits Amount (1 year)|
How To Apply for Unemployment Benefits in Alabama
The preferred method for submitting your initial unemployment claim is online. You must set up an online account, which you’ll use to submit your weekly benefit payment and to check anything regarding the status of your claim.
If you don’t have access to the Internet, you may also submit your unemployment claim from any touch-tone phone by calling the Initial Claims Line at 866-234-5382. Your call will be fielded by an electronic Interactive Voice Response system, which will ask you some initial questions. You will then be connected to a customer service representative to complete the submission of your initial claim.
How To Manage Your Unemployment Benefits
Once you’ve submitted your initial claim for unemployment compensation, you must continue submitting a weekly claim for each week you receive benefits. You will need to show that you remain eligible – chiefly that you are able and available to work.
The weekly benefit certification process consists of answering questions about your work search activities for the previous week, along with reporting any wages you earned and any offers of employment you received.
There are two ways to file your weekly certification. You can certify online using the account you set up when you filed your initial claim, or you may call the weekly certification number you received when you filed your initial benefits claim by phone. Be sure to follow all instructions completely.
How Do I Appeal a Decision?
If either an employee or employer feels that the decision regarding an unemployment benefits claim was based on incorrect or incomplete information, or that the law was not correctly applied, either party may request an appeal.
All appeals must be submitted in writing and must include the claimant’s full name, last four digits of their Social Security number, the detailed reason for the appeal, and the signature of the requestor.
Appeals should be submitted using the state of Alabama’s online appeals form.
How Do I Report Fraud?
The Alabama Department of Labor is committed to preserving the integrity of the state’s unemployment trust fund and protecting Alabama residents from fraudulent unemployment claims and identity theft. The department conducts many types of fraud and abuse investigations throughout the year. This helps to ensure vital financial assistance is directed toward the Alabama residents who need it most.
If you suspect a worker of fraudulently collecting unemployment compensation, or if you have been the victim of identity theft, please make a report using Alabama’s online fraud reporting form.
Alabama Unemployment Office Locations
|Alabaster Unemployment Office||109 Plaza Circle|
Alabaster, AL 35007
|Albertville Unemployment Office||5920 U S Highway 431 North|
Albertville, AL 35950
|Alexander City Unemployment Office||1375 Junior College Drive|
Alexander City, AL 35010
|Andalusia Unemployment Office||212 South Three Notch Street|
Andalusia, AL 36420
|Anniston Unemployment Office||1731 Coleman Road|
Anniston, AL 36207
|Athens Unemployment Office||406 South Jefferson Street|
Athens, AL 35611
|Bay Minette Unemployment Office||201 Faulkner Drive|
Bay Minette, AL 36507
|Lawson State Community College - Bessemer||1100 Ninth Avenue SW|
Bessemer, AL 35022
|Birmingham Unemployment Office||3216 4th Avenue South|
Birmingham, AL 35222
|Unemployment Office - Birmingham||2601 Carson Road|
Birmingham, AL 35215
|Community College One Stop||3060 Wilson Road SW|
Birmingham, AL 35221
|Brewton Unemployment Office||1023 Douglas Avenue Suite 314|
Brewton, AL 36426
|Camden Unemployment Office||223 A Claiborne|
Camden, AL 33726
|Alabama Unemployment Office - Cullman||1201 Katherine Street, NW|
Cullman, AL 35055
|Decatur Unemployment Office||1819 Bassett Avenue South East|
Decatur, AL 35601
|Demopolis Unemployment Office||1074 Bailey Drive|
Demopolis, AL 36732
|Dothan Unemployment Office||787 Ross Clark Circle|
Dothan, AL 36303
|Enterprise Unemployment Office||2021 Boll Weevil Circle|
Enterprise, AL 36330
|Eufaula Unemployment Office||122 Paul Lee Parkway|
Eufaula, AL 36027
|Fayette Unemployment Office||2631 Temple Avenue North|
Fayette, AL 35555
|Foley Unemployment Office||200 West Michigan Avenue|
Foley, AL 36535
|Fort Deposit Unemployment Office||11 Milner Street|
Fort Deposit, AL 36032
|Fort Payne Unemployment Office||2100 Jordan Road Southwest|
Fort Payne, AL 35968
|Gadsden Unemployment Office||216 North 5th Street|
Gadsden, AL 35901
|Greenville Unemployment Office||117 West Commerce Street|
Greenville, AL 36037
|Haleyville Unemployment Office||2010 9th Avenue North|
Haleyville, AL 35565
|Hamilton Unemployment Office||1481 Military Street South|
Hamilton, AL 35570
|Hayneville Unemployment Office||22 Washington Street N|
Family Guidance Center
Hayneville, AL 36040
|Alabama Unemployment Office - Huntsville||2535 Sparkman Drive|
Huntsville, AL 35810
|Jackson Unemployment Office||205 Walker Springs Road|
Jackson, AL 36545
|Jasper Unemployment Office||2604 Viking Drive|
Jasper, AL 35501
|Livingston Unemployment Office||10 Union Drive|
UWA Kelly Land Hall
Livingston, AL 35470
|Luverne Unemployment Office||886 Glenwood Road|
Luverne, AL 36049
|Mobile Area Unemployment Office||515 Springhill Plaza Court|
Mobile, AL 36608
|Monroeville Unemployment Office||2119 Hwy 21 Bypass|
Monroeville, AL 36460
|Montgomery Unemployment Office||1060 East South Blvd|
Montgomery, AL 36116
|Oneonta Unemployment Office||728 2nd Ave. E.|
Oneonta, AL 35121
|Ozark Unemployment Office||3259 south Hwy 231|
Ozark, AL 36360
|Pell City Unemployment Office||311 Miles Parkway|
Suite 102; PO Box 1045
Pell City, AL 35125
|Phenix City Unemployment Office||2602 College Drive|
Phenix City, AL 36869
|Phil Campbell Unemployment Office||2080 College Road|
NW Shoals Community College
Phil Campbell, AL 35581
|Roanoke Unemployment Office||3928 Hwy 431|
Roanoke, AL 36274
|Scottsboro Unemployment Office||23123 John T. Reid Parkway|
Scottsboro, AL 35769
|Selma Unemployment Office||1112 Water Avenue|
Selma, AL 36703
|Alabama Unemployment Office - Sheffield||500 South Montgomery Avenue|
Sheffield, AL 35660
|Talladega Unemployment Office||1005 South Street East|
Talladega, AL 35160
|Troy Unemployment Office||1023 S Brundidge Street|
Troy, AL 36081
|Tuscaloosa Area Unemployment Office||202 Skyland Drive|
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
|Valley Unemployment Office||321 Fob James Drive|
Southern Union College
Valley, AL 36854
|Vernon Unemployment Office||44425 Highway 17|
Vernon, AL 35592