Alabama (AL) Unemployment Compensation

Alabama Unemployment Compensation (UC) is built around one central idea: employees who lose their job, through no fault of their own, deserves financial help.

Not everyone who applies for unemployment benefits will qualify. Claimants are required to work, be available for work, be seeking work, and be willing to accept a suitable job.

If you quit your job voluntarily, without good cause, you won’t be eligible for unemployment benefits.


What qualifies you for unemployment in Alabama? #

In order to qualify for unemployment in Alabama, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Have enough prior earnings from employment to establish a claim.
  2. Be totally or partially unemployed.
  3. Be unemployed through no fault of your own.
  4. Be ready and willing to immediately accept work.
  5. Be actively looking for work.

As a condition of eligibility, you must register for work with the Alabama Career Center or by creating an online registration at Alabama Joblink.

How much do you get for unemployment in Alabama? #

Benefits per week range from a minimum of $45 to a maximum of $275 calculated using your base period earnings, the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before the week you file a claim.

How long can you collect unemployment in Alabama? #

In Alabama, as in every other state, you can collect unemployment benefits for a maximum of 26 full weeks during a one-year period called a “benefit year”. In times of very high unemployment, additional weeks of benefits may be available.

Is unemployment taxable in Alabama? #

Yes. Unemployment compensation benefits are taxable income. Each year all of your unemployment benefit payments are reported to the Internal Revenue Service and to the Alabama Department of Revenue.

How do I file for unemployment online in Alabama? #

You may file your claim online at or alternatively, you can call the Initial Claims Line at 1-866-234-5382 if you wish to file by phone.

After you have filed a claim, you must continue to certify for benefits and meet eligibility requirements each week in order to receive benefit payments.

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