Unemployment Compensation Expanded Due to COVID-19


Expanded unemployment compensation (UC) under the CARES Act has now expired.


However, you should continue to file weekly claims if you remain unemployed in case benefits are expanded again in the future. 


How to File a Claim?

You can file a claim online or over the phone (1-866-234-5382).


What if I filed a claim and have not heard back?

  • The Department of Labor is experiencing an extremely high volume of applicants, and so wait times have increased significantly. You may not hear back right away. 
  • The online portal may say your claim is denied, but you may receive additional information about the expanded benefits in the mail. 
  • If you are asked to send any information back, you should do so ASAP.


More general resources on unemployment compensation. 


If you have questions about whether or not you qualify or the application process, you can contact Legal Services Alabama for help at 1-866-456-4995  or apply online HERE

Check the Department of Labor website for additional information and FAQ's, which are being updated regularly. : labor.alabama.gov

Last Review and Update: Aug 08, 2020