Maryland Unemployment Insurance Benefits Guide

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In this article, we will make Unemployment Insurance Benefits easy to understand with Maryland 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 Maryland 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 Maryland Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

The Maryland Department of Labor is in charge of administering the state’s unemployment insurance program. 

Maryland’s Department of Labor is dedicated to preserving and protecting residents of the state. The Maryland Department of Labor is honored to contribute to the state’s economic stability by offering high-quality customer-focused regulatory, employment, and training services to companies, the workforce, and the general public.

Through efficient and responsive processes, the Maryland Department of Labor continues to improve Maryland by providing a predictable and inclusive regulatory environment.

Maryland’s work environments are protected through the Maryland Department of Labor’s outreach and instructional initiatives, as well as collaborations and continual advances in workplace safety and health.

Maryland Unemployment Contact 

Claimant Information:

  • Live Agent – 667-207-6520
  • IVR Number – 410-949-0022
  • For Hearing Impaired Only:

Maryland Relay dial 711

Employer Information:

  • Baltimore area – 410-949-0033
  • Toll free within the US – 1-800-492-5524
  • MD Unemployment Insurance Tax MVA License Renewal – 410-767-2699
  • E-mail:

How To Qualify for Maryland Unemployment Benefits

In Maryland, claimants who satisfy the following criteria are usually granted for unemployment benefits:

  • The applicant must be unemployed due to circumstances beyond his or her control.
  • The applicant must be financially qualified, having worked and earned enough money throughout the review period.
  • The claimant must be able to work and unrestrictedly accessible for work.
  • Individual decisions concerning unemployment benefits cannot be made until you apply, so file your initial claim as soon as possible after you lose your job.

How Much Unemployment Benefits Will I Get in Maryland? 

  • Base Period: First 4 of the last 5 completed quarters
  • Alt Base Period: Last 4 completed quarters
  • Duration of Benefits: 26 weeks
  • Weekly Payment: Min $50 to Max $430
  • Maximum Benefits Amount (1 year): $11,180

How Do I Apply for Maryland Unemployment Benefits?

The BEACON 2.0 claimant portal provides the quickest and most convenient method to apply for Maryland UI compensation. You can also call 667-207-6520 to speak with a live claims agent about your initial UI compensation claim.

You’ll be asked to create an online account, which you’ll be able to use to track the status of your unemployment claim and submit your weekly certification for benefits.

How do I Manage My Maryland Unemployment Benefits

You must file a weekly claim certification, which is a legal document that proves your continued eligibility for UI payments, for each week you request a benefit payment. You must answer a series of questions regarding your job search activity for the previous week as part of the weekly benefit certification procedure. You must also declare any earnings or employment offers that you have received.

Log in to your BEACON portal and click File a Weekly Claim Certification to submit your weekly certification online. After that, simply follow the portal’s instructions.

If you need to submit by phone or require special accommodations, call 667-207-6520 to talk with a claims agent who can assist you.

You can reach an agent Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. 12 p.m., and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.

How Do I Appeal a Maryland Unemployment Decision?

The most convenient approach to file an appeal is through BEACON. Even if you don’t have direct access to BEACON, you can still file an appeal through the system.

How Do I Report a Maryland Unemployment Fraud?

Unemployment insurance fraud, which includes identity theft, is a severe felony that Maryland diligently investigates.

If you suspect that someone is illegally receiving benefits by giving false information to the state of Maryland, or that someone has stolen your identity to fraudulently collect benefits, you can contact the state of Maryland using its online fraud reporting form.

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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Maryland Unemployment Phone Number and Office Locations

Maryland Unemployment  OfficeMaryland Unemployment Office LocationsMaryland Unemployment Phone Number
Baltimore County Unemployment Office7930 Eastern BoulevardBaltimore, MD 21224410-288-9050
Eastside Unemployment Office3001 East Madison StreetBaltimore, MD 21205410-396-9030
Northwest Unemployment Office2401 Liberty Heights AvenueSuite 302 (Mondawmin Mall)Baltimore, MD 21215410-396-7873
Unemployment Office – Bel Air2 South Bond Street Suite 204Bel Air, MD 21014410-836-4603
Unemployment Office – BWI MarshallBWI Workforce Center #8BWI Airport, MD 21240410-684-6838
Unemployment Office – Chestertown115A Lynchburg StreetChestertown, MD 21620410-778-3525
Columbia Unemployment Office7161 Columbia Gateway DriveSuite DColumbia, MD 21046410-290-2600
Allegany County Unemployment Office138 Baltimore StreetSuite 102Cumberland, MD 21502301-777-1221
Unemployment Office – Denton300 Market StreetSuite 201 PO Box 400Denton, MD 21629410-819-4549
Unemployment Office – Easton301 Bay StreetSuite 301Easton, MD 21601410-822-3030
Unemployment Office – Elkton1275 West Pulaski HighwayElkton, MD 21921410-996-0550
Frederick County Unemployment Office200 Monroe Ave.Suite 1Frederick, MD 21701301-600-2255
Germantown Anne Arundel County12900 Middlebrook RoadGermantown, MD 20874240-406-5485
Washington County Unemployment Office14 North Potomac St Suite 100Hagerstown, MD 21740301-393-8200
Susquehanna Unemployment Office2021 D Pulaski HighwayHavre De Grace, MD 21001410-272-5400
Hunt Valley Unemployment Office11101 McCormick Rd Suite 102Hunt Valley, MD 21031410-887-7940
Unemployment Office – Largo1801 McCormick Dr Suite 120Largo, MD 20774301-618-8425
Southern Maryland Unemployment Office21795-F N. Shangri-La DriveLexington Park, MD 20653301-844-6404
Anne Arundel County Unemployment Office613 Global WayLinthicum Heights, MD 21090410-424-3240
Liberty Unemployment Office3637 Offutt RoadRandallstown, MD 21133410-887-8912
Lower Shore Unemployment Office31901 Tricounty Way Suite 111Salisbury, MD 21804410-341-8533
Southern MD Unemployment Office175 Post Office RoadWaldorf, MD 20602301-645-8712
Carroll County Unemployment Office224 North Center StreetWestminster, MD 21157410-386-2820
Montgomery Unemployment Office11510 Georgia Ave Suite 300Wheaton, MD 20902301-929-6880

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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