Nebraska Unemployment Guide

If you've recently lost your job in Nebraska, you may be eligible for Nebraska Unemployment Insurance benefits. This is a guide to filing your claim for Nebraska 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 Nebraska workers can file an initial claim for unemployment benefits one of two ways:

  1. Online – File your initial unemployment claim online
  2. Telephone – File your unemployment claim by telephone at 402-458-2500 (M – F 8:00am to 5:00pm)

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.

  • Name, address & phone
  • SSN & date of birth
  • Drivers License or State ID
  • Name, address, phone number, gross earnings, dates worked, and reason for separation 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
  • If you chose direct deposit, you'll need your bank's routing transit number and account number

After your initial filing, you will receive a notice that will give some basic information on the status of your claim.

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Filing Your Weekly Claim:

Nebraska weekly unemployment benefits based on your average wages up to a maximum $318 per week. Federal Additional Compensation (FAC) currently adds an additional $25 per week to your benefit.

Unemployed Nebraska workers can file weekly unemployment claims one of two ways:

  1. Online – File your weekly benefit claim online
  2. Telephone – File your weekly benefit claim by telephone at 402-458-2500 (M – F 8:00am to 5:00pm)

Beware of the Waiting Week. Your first week of benefits is called a "waiting week" – this means you will not be paid benefits during your first week of eligibility, but you must still file a claim to get credit for waiting.

Nebraska unemployment benefits are paid by Debit Card or direct deposit. You should expect your first benefit payment within 3-4 weeks after you have filed your initial claim. You should anticipate your ongoing benefit payments within 5 days after filing your weekly unemployment benefits claim.

Unemployment Benefits

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

Nebraska workers may be eligible for career assistance through a local Nebraska Career Center or through the Nebraska Department of Labor web site. Training assistance is available for unemployed Nebraska workers online.

Filing for extensions:

If an extended benefit period is declared, based on unemployment rates and it appears that you qualify, you will be notified with instructions to extend your 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.


Make sure to keep a copy of your work search record. You may be required to supply copies to the Nebraska Workforce Development office.

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