Delaware Unemployment Guide

If you've recently lost your job in Delaware, you may be eligible for Delaware Unemployment Insurance benefits. This is a guide to filing your claim for Delaware 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 Delaware workers can make an initial filing for unemployment benefits online. Otherwise, you can file by going to one of Delaware's Division of Employment Insurance offices.

File your claim right away after you've stopped working – don't delay. Your claim starts the beginning of the week you file, based on the date you filed online or called. 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
  • Social Security Card (or W2 or pay stub including your SSN, along with a government issued picture ID)
  • Name, & address of all employers over 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
  • Termination reason
Filing your Weekly Claim

Delaware unemployment benefits will range from $20 to $330, based on your wages over the past 18 months. See more about how your weekly benefit amount is determined.

Delaware unemployed workers should file a weekly pay authorization, either mailing in the form you received (or were mailed if you applied online) by the Sunday after the week ended date at the top of your pay authorization form.

Alternatively, unemployed workers can file weekly pay authorizations over Delaware's TeleBenefits phone system. The TeleBenefits number for New Castle County is 302-761-6576, and outside New Castle County 800-794-3032.

Your check should be received with 10 days via US Mail. If you haven't received your check or weekly pay authorization forms contact your nearest Delaware Division of Employment Insurance office via phone or in person. Delaying can further delay or endanger your benefits.

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Unemployment Benefits:

Delaware career and job training services may be available to unemployed workers. Find out more at The Delaware Department of Labor website and Delaware JobLink.

Health Insurance benefits may be available to you through the Health Coverage Tax Credit - Check The IRS for details.

Filing for extensions:

Delaware unemployment benefits are paid for a maximum of 26 weeks. After you file, the Division of Employment Insurance will send you a Notice of Monetary Determination, including the number of weeks you are eligible for benefits. Approximately 2 weeks before your benefit payments are completed, check with your local Delaware Division of Employment Insurance office to see if extended benefits are available to you.

Ending Unemployment:

File a final unemployment weekly pay authorization, including the date you returned to work.


You may be called or mailed a notification to appear at a Delaware Division of Employment Insurance office to answer questions about your claim. Make sure to appear at the designated time or as soon as possible after, to avoid delay or endangering your benefits. For answers to more frequently asked questions, see the Delaware Department of Labor's FAQ list.

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