Filing for Alabama Unemployment

Unemployment in Alabama is a fact that we can’t escape if we’ve lost our jobs. Filing for it can be a little confusing but it’s not rocket science and with a little knowledge and paperwork gathered up ahead of time, you can get it accomplished and get those checks rolling in in no time.

The fastest and most easily accomplished method of filing for your unemployment compensation in ALabama is by visiting the Alabama unemployment web site, which is located at From here you can get started filing for your unemployment compensation in Alabama, file for a weekly certification, or apply for Federal Unemployment extensions.

Once you’ve arrived there, a series of questions on a wizard type interface will be asked, which you will answer with the information they require to begin the first steps in certifying for Alabama unemployment compensation. To get things underway, the information that you’re most likely going to need is:

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  • Full legal name
  • legal address–no post office boxes for this one, although your checks may be sent to a post office box
  • dates of employment
  • your employers full name and address
  • your total wages from your W2
  • last date of employment
  • social security number
  • identification number–from an id card or drivers license

You’re also going to be asked the reason you are no longer employed. Certification depends largely on your not being unemployed due to some type of misconduct, and assurance that the lack of work is through no fault of your own. Once you’ve accomplished the filing you will receive a submit button. Click it only one time to avoid processing issues, even though it may seem to take a bit to go through

Your filing will give you back a confirmation page and number, so that you know the submission was successful.

The last part will be the most difficult. You wait.  Filing for unemployment benefits as soon as you are out of work and have completed your last day is important in order to get your benefits begun as quickly as possible. Your waiting week does not begin until you have filed, so once you’ve completed the last day of work, make your way to the Alabama unemployment offices or the Alabama unemployment web site and begin your filing immediately.

To file via telephone the following numbers can be used:
To file an Unemployment Compensation Claim 1-866-234-5382 (7am – 5pm, Mon. – Fri.)
To file an Unemployment Compensation Claim (TTY/TDD) 1-800-499-2035 (7am – 5pm, Mon. – Fri.)
To contact the Inquiry Line regarding an existing claim 1-800-361-4524 (7am – 5pm, Mon. – Fri.)


  1. theresa gaus Said,

    October 30, 2009 @ 8:16 am

    May I please have a copy of my work history and earnings. I need to provide a cummulative work history for my employment search.

  2. admin Said,

    December 9, 2009 @ 10:48 am

    Sorry Theresa we don’t provide that information here…

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