Nebraska Unemployment Insurance Benefits Guide

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Looking for tips to access the Nebraska Unemployment Insurance Benefits? 

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

Nebraska Department of Labor 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 Nebraska Unemployment Benefits

Although a final decision of eligibility cannot be made until your claim is submitted, a claimant must normally fulfill the following eligibility conditions to be eligible for unemployment compensation:

  • During your former job’s base period, you met minimum pay or income standards.
  • To work, you must be physically and psychologically capable.
  • You must be available for work four days a week or more.

If you are unable to work due to a lack of transportation, childcare conflicts, family care concerns, illness, or accident, you are not deemed available to work. While receiving unemployment benefits under the Nebraska program, claimants must also maintain an active NEworks registration and a searchable online resume.

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How Much Unemployment Benefits Will I Get in Nebraska? 

  • Base Period: First 4 of the last 5 completed quarters
  • Alt Base Period: Last 4 completed quarters
  • Duration of Benefits: 10-26 weeks
  • Weekly Payment: Min $70 to Max $440
  • Maximum Benefits Amount (1 year): $11,440

How Do I Apply for Nebraska Unemployment Benefits?

All unemployment compensation claims in Nebraska must be submitted online. Staff at a local Job Center can assist you in filing an initial unemployment claim if you don’t have access to the Internet or if you have a handicap that necessitates the use of assistive technology. You’ll need to create an online account, complete with a username and password, that you can use to check the progress of your unemployment insurance claim and make weekly benefit claims.

Plan on spending about an hour to complete your online registration, resume, and first UI benefits claim. If you want technical assistance, please call the Nebraska Claims Center at 855-995-8863 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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How do I Manage My Nebraska Unemployment Benefits

Following your initial claim, you’ll need to complete weekly claims online for each week you want to receive unemployment benefits. You’ll be asked questions to confirm that you’re still eligible for a weekly benefit during this procedure. 

You may be requested to report on your job search efforts for the week, as well as any earnings, hours worked, and employment offers and rejections.

You can use the same account, username, and password you used to file your original claim for weekly unemployment benefits to file your weekly unemployment claim.

How Do I Appeal a Nebraska Unemployment Decision?

If you disagree with a decision made on your unemployment claim, you have the right to appeal it. Any appeal request must be lodged within 20 days of the day your determination letter was mailed.

You have a few alternatives when it comes to filing your appeal:

  • You may submit a request for appeal online
  • You may submit a request for appeal by email:
  • You may fax your request for appeal: 402-471-1734

You can send your appeal request to the Nebraska Appeal Tribunal, Nebraska Department of Labor, PO Box 98941, Lincoln, NE 68509, via mail.

The Nebraska Appeal Tribunal will notify you of the time and date of your appeals hearing, which will be held by conference call, once your request for appeal has been submitted. If you’re serious about influencing the outcome of your UI benefits decision, you must attend your appeals hearing.

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How Do I Report a Nebraska Unemployment Fraud?

Unemployment fraud devalues the system by squandering government funds and keeping vital unemployment benefits out of the hands of Nebraskans who need them the most. 

All Nebraska citizens are encouraged to report unemployment fraud, which includes identity theft schemes and fraudsters acting as state workforce agencies in order to obtain personally-identifying information for fraudulent reasons.

If you suspect someone is obtaining unemployment benefits fraudulently, send an email to with as much information as possible. All complaints are handled seriously, and they are thoroughly examined.

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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Nebraska Unemployment Phone Number and Office Locations

Nebraska Unemployment  OfficeNebraska Unemployment Office LocationsNebraska Unemployment Phone Number
Unemployment Office – Alliance, NE1750 Sweetwater Avenue #13Alliance, NE 69301308-763-2935
Unemployment Office – Beatrice, NE2317 North 6th St Suite 3Beatrice, NE 68310-1408402-223-6060
Unemployment Office – Columbus, NE3100 23rd Street Suite 22Columbus, NE 68601-4254402-564-7160
Unemployment Office – Grand Island, NE203 E Stolley Park Rd Suite AGrand Island, NE 68801308-385-6300
Unemployment Office – Hastings, NE2727 West 2nd Street #338Hastings, NE 68901-4663402-462-1867
Unemployment Office – Kearney, NE315 60th Street Suite 225Kearney, NE 68845308 455-3007
Unemployment Office – Lexington, NE1501 Plum Creek Pkwy #3Lexington, NE 68850-1212308-324-2064
Unemployment Office – Lincoln, NE1111 O Street Suite 205Lincoln, NE 68508402-413-9236
Unemployment Office – Nebraska City, NE917 Wildwood Lane Suite JNebraska City, NE 68410402-873-3384
Unemployment Office – Norfolk, NE105 East Norfolk Ave Suite 120Norfolk, NE 68701402-370-3430
Unemployment Office – North Platte, NE600 E. Francis Suite 9North Platte, NE 69101308-535-8320
Unemployment Office – Omaha, NE5752 Ames AvenueOmaha, NE 68104402-444-4700
Unemployment Office – Scottsbluff, NE505 A Broadway Avenue #300Scottsbluff, NE 69361-2708308-632-1420
Unemployment Office – Sidney, NE2246 Jackson StreetSidney, NE 69162308-254-4429

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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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