Marcia Hultman

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Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Work Search Requirements

While filing for unemployment benefits, you are required to make a good faith effort to seek full-time work, unless we have told you otherwise. You must make at least two job contacts for each week that you are requesting benefits. Your reported work search contacts are verified with the employers. You may be selected at any time for an audit or eligibility review in which you will be asked to provide your job contact information.

When you file your weekly certification you will be asked to provide the following information regarding your job contacts:

  • Name of business contacted
  • Date the contact was made
  • Contact information for the business, including phone number, address of the business, email, and web link if applicable
  • Title of the position applied for
  • Name of the hiring authority you contacted at the business
  • Method of contact (in-person, online, etc.)

You do not have to look for work if:

  • You have a definite recall date to return to full-time work with an employer that paid 50 percent or more of your base period wages and, due to weather-related seasonal factors, work is not available in your primary base-period occupation and other suitable work is not available, or
  • You are a member in good standing with a referring union through which you normally obtain employment, or
  • You will be recalled to full-time work within 10 consecutive weeks with an employer.

We will notify you of your work search requirements at the time you file your unemployment claim. Your efforts in searching for work must reflect a genuine desire to obtain employment immediately.

Contact Customer Service at 605.626.2452 if you have questions about your work search.

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