How to get jobless benefits in Arizona, and who is eligible

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How to get jobless benefits in Arizona, and who is eligible

Unemployment benefits in Arizona have been expanded to help those who are out of work because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Unemployment benefits in Arizona are available to those who have lost their jobs “through no fault of their own.”

Benefits have been expanded to help those who are out of work because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Payments top out at $240 a week. A previously required one-week waiting period has been waived, along with the requirement that recipients search for work to get their payments.

Additional information on benefits will be added as soon as it becomes available.

Who qualifies for unemployment benefits in Arizona?

People who have been separated from work “through no fault of their own.” And, because of a new executive order from Gov. Doug Ducey, people affected by coronavirus-related closures, those who get sick and those who must care for sick people also qualify for payments.

How do I apply?

The application can be filled out online at:

People who can’t fill out the form online may call 1-877-600-2722 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Benefits are not retroactive, so people should apply as soon as possible after their last day of work.

How much money will I receive weekly?

The weekly benefits in Arizona are calculated based on wages earned from employers who paid unemployment tax to the state. The current maximum is $240 a week, according to the Department of Economic Security.

People can get benefits for 26 weeks under normal circumstances.

What you need to apply

Information needed to fill out the application includes:

  • Social Security number.
  • Arizona driver’s License or Arizona state-issued ID (you may still complete your application without these two items).
  • Mailing address, city, state and ZIP code.
  • County where you reside.
  • The names, addresses, and phone numbers of all your employers for the past 18 months
  • The last day you worked immediately before filing your claim.
  • Any severance, vacation, holiday or payment for unused sick pay and the date it was paid to you
  • Name and local number of your union hall, if applicable.
  • Alien Registration Number, if applicable.
  • Military or civilian service documents if applicable.
  • Pension information other than Social Security.
  • Other things that can affect benefits are illness or injury, attending school and not attempting to look for work.

How did the rules just change on unemployment?

An executive order to be issued by the governor March 20:

  • Waives the one-week waiting period after an employee loses a job before they apply for unemployment benefits. 
  • Waives work search requirements for those receiving unemployment benefits. 
  • Adds people who work at a business that has been temporarily closed or has reduced hours because of COVID-19, who have to quarantine because of COVID-19, or who have to care for a family member with COVID-19 to the list of people eligible for unemployment insurance.
  • The order also waives any increase in employer payments to the unemployment insurance fund for businesses whose employees receive benefits under this provision.

Coronavirus in Arizona

Any other questions about the process? Reach reporter Ryan Randazzo at or 602-444-4331. Follow him on Twitter @UtilityReporter. Look for updates to this information in the coming days.

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