Maryland Unemployment Guide

If you've recently lost your job in Maryland, you may be eligible for Maryland Unemployment Insurance benefits. This is a guide to filing your claim for Maryland unemployment benefits. Since each situation may have its own unique circumstances, make sure you check with the contact numbers and websites listed below to make sure you get the maximum benefits you can claim.

Filing for Unemployment:

Unemployed Maryland workers can file an initial claim for unemployment benefits one of two ways:

  1. Online - using the Maryland Unemployment Insurance Initial Claim System
  2. Telephone – Call your local Maryland Unemployment Claim Center

File your claim right away after you've stopped working – don't delay. Your claim starts the week you file. Unemployment benefits are not retroactive, so if you delay you may lose benefits.

When you file your initial unemployment benefit application, you will need the following information:

  • Name, address & phone
  • SSN & date of birth
  • Name, address, phone number and dates worked for all employers for the past 18 months
  • If you were discharged from the military in the last 18 months, you'll need Copy #4 of your DD Form 214
  • If you were a Federal employee in the last 18 months, you'll need SF 8 or SF 50 (or W2 or pay stubs)
  • If you are not a US Citizen, you'll need your Alien Registration Number, expiration, and type
  • Your union hiring hall number, if applicable
  • Names, ages and SSN of dependents under age 16

After you file, you will be sent a Determination of Monetary Eligibility letter, informing you of estimated weekly benefit, maximum benefit, and number of benefit weeks.

Within 4 weeks of your initial filing, you'll have to enroll in a Maryland One-Stop Career Center, in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. You can enroll online at MewJobs or at your local One-Stop Career Center.

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Filing Your Bi-weekly Claim:

Maryland weekly unemployment benefits are a minimum $25 per week up to a maximum of $410 per week. You can claim an additional $8 per week for each dependent under age 16 (maximum 5), but your maximum weekly benefit is $410 including payments for dependents. Federal Additional Compensation (FAC) currently adds an additional $25 per week to your benefit.

Unemployed Maryland workers can file bi-weekly unemployment benefits one of two ways:

  1. Online - using the Maryland Webcert System
  2. Telephone – Call the Maryland Telecert System (M – F 7:30am to 4:00pm ET)

You should expect your first payment within 3 weeks, sent to you on a debit card. After the first week, you should expect your payment to be transferred to your debit card the next afternoon if you filed before 2:00pm on a business day. If you filed after 2:00pm or on a weekend, your payment should be available in two days.

Unemployment Benefits:

Health care benefits may also be available through the Health Coverage Tax Credit - Check COBRA and The IRS for details.

Career services and training assistance are available through online and through the Maryland One-Stop Career Centers.

Filing for extensions:

If an extended benefit period is declared, based on unemployment rates, and you qualify, you will be automatically enrolled for extensions to unemployment benefits.

Ending Unemployment:

When you return to work, file for credit for the remaining few days you didn't work, and report wages earned for the week. Then, just stop filing - when you stop weekly filing, your unemployment benefits automatically end.


Sunday is the busiest day to file for your bi-weekly unemployment benefits. If you receive busy signals, a less busy time is M – F before 2:00pm ET.

Make sure to keep a copy of your work search record. You may be required to supply copies to the Division of Unemployment Insurance.

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