To file a claim for unemployment, an individual needs to contact the appropriate State Unemployment Insurance office after becoming unemployed.
For those who may have worked in a different state than they live, or those that worked in multiple states, contact the state unemployment insurance agency of the state you now live in.
There is a comprehensive directory of state unemployment insurance offices on the U.S. Department of Labor's website.
You will only qualify if you held a job for which your employer paid into the state unemployment insurance fund on your behalf.
If you live in New York State and you've recently become unemployed, New York State unemployment insurance benefits are available to help you make ends meet while you are looking for work.