Unemployment Benefits FAQ

After I was laid off, I took my son out of day care to save money; can I still collect unemployment even though I'm spending most of my time being a stay-at-home mom?

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After I was laid off, I took my son out of day care to save money; can I still collect unemployment even though I'm spending most of my time being a stay-at-home mom?

You must be able and available to work and actively looking for a job to qualify for unemployment benefits. This means, first of all, that you must be continuing your job search despite your childcare responsibilities. And second, you must be ready to take a job if one is offered. This doesn't mean that you have to put your son back in daycare while you are unemployed, but you may have to prove to your state's unemployment agency that you could arrange care for him quickly if you are offered a position. For more information, see Collecting Unemployment: Are You Able, Available, and Actively Seeking Work? 

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