Maryland Unemployment Insurance Benefits

The Maryland Department of Labor provides unemployment insurance benefits to unemployed Maryland workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own.

By doing so, the Department of Labor supports the economic stability of the state, providing a financial safety net that lessens the overall economic impact of lost wages.

Unemployment compensation in Maryland provides temporary financial assistance to eligible workers who are actively seeking new employment. Established under the Social Security Act of 1935, Maryland’s unemployment insurance program is funded primarily through state and federal payroll taxes paid by employers.

Maryland Unemployment Services
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How To Qualify for Unemployment Benefits in Maryland

Claimants who meet the following requirements generally will be approved for UI benefits in Maryland:

  • The claimant must be unemployed through no fault of his or her own
  • The claimant must be monetarily eligible, having worked and earned sufficient income during the base period for review
  • The claimant must be able to work and available for work without restrictions
  • Individual determinations about unemployment assistance cannot be made until you apply, so make sure to file your initial claim as soon as you become unemployed.

Benefit Payments and Duration

Base PeriodFirst 4 of the last 5 completed quarters
Alt Base PeriodLast 4 completed quarters
Duration of BenefitsWeekly PaymentMaximum Benefits Amount (1 year)
26 weeks$50$430$11,180

How To Apply for Unemployment Benefits in Maryland

The fastest and easiest way to apply for Maryland UI benefits is online through the BEACON 2.0 claimant portal. You also may file your initial UI benefits claim with a live claims agent at 667-207-6520.

You will be prompted to set up an online account, which you can use moving forward to check on the status of your unemployment claim and to file your weekly certification for benefits.

Managing Your Unemployment Benefits

For each week you request a benefit payment, you must file a weekly claim certification, which is a legal document that certifies your ongoing eligibility for UI benefits. As part of the weekly benefit certification process, you must answer a series of questions about your work search activities for the prior week. You must also report any wages earned or any job offers you received.

To file your weekly certification online, log in to your BEACON portal and select File a Weekly Claim Certification. Then simply follow the instructions within the portal.

If you need to file by phone, or if you need special accommodations, you can speak with a

claims agent at 667-207-6520, who can help you. Agents are available to help you Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Filing an Appeal

If you disagree with a determination regarding your claim, you have the right to file an appeal, as does your employer. Specific instructions for filing your request for appeal will be included in the determination letter you receive.

You can file an appeal using your BEACON 2.0 claimant account, or by any of the contact methods listed below:

  • Fax: 410-225-9781
  • Email: [email protected]
  • U.S. Postal Service:
    Maryland Department of Labor
    Lower Appeals Division
    1100 N. Eutaw Street, Room 505
    Baltimore, MD 21201

Reporting Fraud

Unemployment insurance fraud, including identity theft, is a serious crime that the state of Maryland investigates thoroughly.

If you believe that someone is fraudulently collecting benefits by providing misinformation to the state of Maryland, or that someone has stolen your identity in order to fraudulently collect benefits, you are encouraged to report your concerns to the state of Maryland through its online fraud reporting form.

Maryland Unemployment Office Locations

Baltimore County Unemployment Office7930 Eastern Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21224
Eastside Unemployment Office3001 East Madison Street
Baltimore, MD 21205
Northwest Unemployment Office2401 Liberty Heights Avenue
Suite 302 (Mondawmin Mall)
Baltimore, MD 21215
Unemployment Office - Bel Air2 South Bond Street Suite 204
Bel Air, MD 21014
Unemployment Office - BWI MarshallBWI Workforce Center #8
BWI Airport, MD 21240
Unemployment Office - Chestertown115A Lynchburg Street
Chestertown, MD 21620
Columbia Unemployment Office7161 Columbia Gateway Drive
Suite D
Columbia, MD 21046
Allegany County Unemployment Office138 Baltimore Street
Suite 102
Cumberland, MD 21502
Unemployment Office - Denton300 Market Street
Suite 201 PO Box 400
Denton, MD 21629
Unemployment Office - Easton301 Bay Street
Suite 301
Easton, MD 21601
Unemployment Office - Elkton1275 West Pulaski Highway
Elkton, MD 21921
Frederick County Unemployment Office200 Monroe Ave.
Suite 1
Frederick, MD 21701
Germantown Anne Arundel County12900 Middlebrook Road
Germantown, MD 20874
Washington County Unemployment Office14 North Potomac St Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Susquehanna Unemployment Office2021 D Pulaski Highway
Havre De Grace, MD 21001
Hunt Valley Unemployment Office11101 McCormick Rd Suite 102
Hunt Valley, MD 21031
Unemployment Office - Largo1801 McCormick Dr Suite 120
Largo, MD 20774
Southern Maryland Unemployment Office21795-F N. Shangri-La Drive
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Anne Arundel County Unemployment Office613 Global Way
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
Liberty Unemployment Office3637 Offutt Road
Randallstown, MD 21133
Lower Shore Unemployment Office31901 Tricounty Way Suite 111
Salisbury, MD 21804
Southern MD Unemployment Office175 Post Office Road
Waldorf, MD 20602
Carroll County Unemployment Office224 North Center Street
Westminster, MD 21157
Montgomery Unemployment Office11510 Georgia Ave Suite 300
Wheaton, MD 20902