Alabama Unemployment Insurance Benefits Guide

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Looking for tips to access the Alabama Unemployment Insurance Benefits? 

In this article, we will make Unemployment Insurance Benefits easy to understand with Alabama Unemployment phone numbers and other contact information.

We understand.

The experience of unemployment is often fraught with anxiety and feelings of worthlessness. Not being able to provide for oneself and one’s family can be very difficult, and the stress of the situation can be overwhelming. 

Those who are unemployed may feel like they are a burden to their loved ones, and they may feel like they are not good enough or valuable enough. It is important to remember that you are not alone in this experience, and there are people who care about you and want to help. 

You are valuable, even if you are not working at the moment. There are many resources available to you, so please do not hesitate to reach out for help.

Why did we create the Alabama Unemployment Insurance Benefits Guide?

Government websites can be difficult to navigate for a lot of people. They may be confusing or hard to use, and they may not have all the information people need. This can be frustrating and overwhelming, especially for people who are already struggling. 

Having said that, please use our guide as support but NOT the official guide. You will NEED to contact the official unemployment government staff and fight for your own benefits. You can do this.

Who’s in charge of Alabama Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

Alabama Department of Labor (DOL) is in charge of administering the state’s unemployment insurance program. 

Below is what its official website looks like.

Image: Official Unemployment Website

How To Qualify for Alabama Unemployment Benefits

Most Alabama residents are eligible for unemployment benefits if all of the following is true:

  • You must have earned at least a minimum amount in wages before becoming unemployed, as defined by Alabama law.
  • You must be unemployed through no fault of his or her own.
  • You must be physically and mentally able to work.
  • You must be available to work.
  • You must actively be seeking available jobs.

How Much Unemployment Benefits Will I Get in Alabama? 

  • Base Period: First 4 of the last 5 completed quarters
  • Alt Base Period: Last 4 completed quarters
  • Duration of Benefits: 14-20 weeks
  • Weekly Payment: Min $45 to Max $275
  • Maximum Benefits Amount (1 year): $3,850

How Do I Apply for Alabama Unemployment Benefits?

The most convenient way to file your initial unemployment claim is online. You’ll need to create an online account, which you’ll use to submit your weekly benefit payment and track the status of your claim.

If you don’t have access to the Internet, you can still file an unemployment claim by phoning the Initial Claims Line at 866-234-5382 from any touch-tone phone. A computerized Interactive Voice Response system will take your call and ask you some preliminary questions. After that, you’ll be linked to a customer care agent who will help you with your initial claim filing.

How do I Manage My Alabama Unemployment Benefits

Once you’ve filed your initial unemployment compensation claim, you’ll need to file a weekly claim for each week that you receive benefits. You’ll need to demonstrate that you’re still eligible, namely that you’re able and willing to work.

The weekly benefit certification procedure entails answering questions about your job search efforts from the previous week, as well as reporting any salaries and job offers you received.

You can submit your weekly certification in one of two ways. You can certify online using the account you created when you first filed your claim, or you can call the weekly certification number you were given when you first filed your claim. Make careful to follow all of the directions to the letter.

certification number you received when you filed your initial benefits claim by phone. Be sure to follow all instructions completely.

How Do I Appeal an Alabama Unemployment Decision?

Either the employee or the employer may file an appeal if they believe the decision on an unemployment benefits claim was made based on erroneous or missing facts, or that the legislation was not applied appropriately.

All appeals must be submitted in writing and contain the claimant’s complete name, Social Security number’s last four digits, a specific explanation for the appeal, and the requestor’s signature.

The state of Alabama’s appeals form should be used to file appeals.

How Do I Report an Alabama Unemployment Fraud?

The Alabama Department of Labor is dedicated to safeguarding Alabama people from false unemployment claims and identity theft while maintaining the integrity of the state’s unemployment trust fund. Throughout the year, the department undertakes a variety of fraud and abuse investigations. This ensures that critical financial assistance reaches the people in Alabama who need it the most.

Please use Alabama’s  online fraud reporting form if you suspect a worker of improperly receiving unemployment benefits or if you have been the victim of identity theft.

How Do I Talk to a Person in Alabama Unemployment Customer Service?

Montgomery local area (334) 954-4094; 

Birmingham local area 205-458-2282; or other areas 800-752-7389.

What if I quit?

In general, you are not eligible if you leave your work freely.

If you quit for “good cause,” though, you may be able to collect. The state unemployment office determines what constitutes good reason, and you can make your case for getting benefits.

You should be entitled to a hearing if your claim is denied so that you can explain your claim. You should contact your local office because regulations and conditions differ from state to state.

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Alabama Unemployment Phone Number and Office Locations

Alabama Unemployment  OfficeAlabama Unemployment Office LocationsAlabama Unemployment Phone Number
Alabaster Unemployment Office109 Plaza CircleAlabaster, AL 35007205-663-2542
Albertville Unemployment Office5920 U S Highway 431 NorthAlbertville, AL 35950256-878-3031
Alexander City Unemployment Office1375 Junior College DriveAlexander City, AL 35010256-414-6146
Andalusia Unemployment Office212 South Three Notch StreetAndalusia, AL 36420334-328-6739
Anniston Unemployment Office1731 Coleman RoadAnniston, AL 36207256-832-0147
Athens Unemployment Office406 South Jefferson StreetAthens, AL 35611256-230-0880
Bay Minette Unemployment Office201 Faulkner DriveBay Minette, AL 36507251-937-4161
Lawson State Community College – Bessemer1100 Ninth Avenue SWMillsap BldgBessemer, AL 35022205-929-3501
Birmingham Unemployment Office3216 4th Avenue SouthBirmingham, AL 35222205-582-5200
Unemployment Office – Birmingham2601 Carson RoadBirmingham, AL 35215205-856-8538
Community College One Stop3060 Wilson Road SWBirmingham, AL 35221205-929-6384
Brewton Unemployment Office1023 Douglas Avenue Suite 314Brewton, AL 36426251-867-4276
Camden Unemployment Office223 A ClaiborneCamden, AL 33726334-382-9428
Alabama Unemployment Office – Cullman1201 Katherine Street, NWCullman, AL 35055256-734-5580
Decatur Unemployment Office1819 Bassett Avenue South EastDecatur, AL 35601256-355-0142
Demopolis Unemployment Office1074 Bailey DriveDemopolis, AL 36732334-289-0202
Dothan Unemployment Office787 Ross Clark CircleDothan, AL 36303334-792-2121
Enterprise Unemployment Office2021 Boll Weevil CircleEnterprise, AL 36330334-347-0044
Eufaula Unemployment Office122 Paul Lee ParkwayEufaula, AL 36027334-687-8251
Fayette Unemployment Office2631 Temple Avenue NorthRoom 37-BFayette, AL 35555205-303-6030
Foley Unemployment Office200 West Michigan AvenueFoley, AL 36535251-943-1575
Fort Deposit Unemployment Office11 Milner StreetPublic LibraryFort Deposit, AL 36032334-404-4400
Fort Payne Unemployment Office2100 Jordan Road SouthwestFort Payne, AL 35968256-845-2900
Gadsden Unemployment Office216 North 5th StreetGadsden, AL 35901256-546-4667
Greenville Unemployment Office117 West Commerce StreetGreenville, AL 36037334-382-3128
Haleyville Unemployment Office2010 9th Avenue NorthHaleyville, AL 35565205-486-4154
Hamilton Unemployment Office1481 Military Street SouthHamilton, AL 35570205-921-5672
Hayneville Unemployment Office22 Washington Street NFamily Guidance CenterHayneville, AL 36040334-548-6307
Alabama Unemployment Office – Huntsville2535 Sparkman DriveHuntsville, AL 35810256-851-0537
Jackson Unemployment Office205 Walker Springs RoadJackson, AL 36545251-246-2453
Jasper Unemployment Office2604 Viking DriveJasper, AL 35501205-221-2576
Livingston Unemployment Office10 Union DriveUWA Kelly Land HallLivingston, AL 35470205-652-3836
Luverne Unemployment Office886 Glenwood RoadLuverne, AL 36049334-335-2300
Mobile Area Unemployment Office515 Springhill Plaza CourtMobile, AL 36608251-461-4146
Monroeville Unemployment Office2119 Hwy 21 BypassSuite 100Monroeville, AL 36460251-575-3894
Montgomery Unemployment Office1060 East South BlvdMontgomery, AL 36116334-286-1746
Oneonta Unemployment Office728 2nd Ave. E.Oneonta, AL 35121205-429-4311
Ozark Unemployment Office3259 south Hwy 231Ozark, AL 36360334-443-2000
Pell City Unemployment Office311 Miles ParkwaySuite 102; PO Box 1045Pell City, AL 35125205-338-5440
Phenix City Unemployment Office2602 College DrivePhenix City, AL 36869334-214-4828
Phil Campbell Unemployment Office2080 College RoadNW Shoals Community CollegePhil Campbell, AL 35581256-331-6285
Roanoke Unemployment Office3928 Hwy 431Roanoke, AL 36274334-863-8114
Scottsboro Unemployment Office23123 John T. Reid ParkwayScottsboro, AL 35769256-574-1720
Selma Unemployment Office1112 Water AvenueSelma, AL 36703334-872-0471
Alabama Unemployment Office – Sheffield500 South Montgomery AvenueSuite 102Sheffield, AL 35660256-383-5610
Talladega Unemployment Office1005 South Street EastTalladega, AL 35160256-521-0500
Troy Unemployment Office1023 S Brundidge StreetTroy, AL 36081334-566-3920
Tuscaloosa Area Unemployment Office202 Skyland DriveTuscaloosa, AL 35405205-758-7591
Valley Unemployment Office321 Fob James DriveSouthern Union CollegeValley, AL 36854334-756-0024
Vernon Unemployment Office44425 Highway 17Vernon, AL 35592205-695-6123

Final Thoughts

We hope the above info has been helpful to you. 

We do not make any financial advice but below are some of our thoughts that could help you stand on your feet sooner than later.

  • Don’t feel shame about needing help, but also don’t feel entitled. 
  • Don’t beat yourself up – things happen. The sooner you accept it and move on, the better.
  • Don’t burn the bridge. Work with your employer to help yourself. 
    • 1) Check if you are entitled to severance pay, vacation or sick pay, 
    • 2) Ask about extending health insurance benefits, 
    • 3) Ask about outplacement resources, 
    • 4) Request a reference letter from your employer 
  • Review your financial positions, obligations. 
  • Make a weekly or monthly budget. Buy what you need, so you don’t have to sell what you need.
  • Watch out for credit card loans – they will eat you alive.
  • Make an action plan with at least 3 scenarios from best to worst and examine your options.

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Sabrina is a former campaign manager who has decided to focus her effort to help people contact senators and get help. She leads our Editorial Team with Ronald and Lawrence to curate content and resources that help us navigate the system.

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