New York Unemployment Department

The department in this state that handles unemployment insurance is called New York State Labor. If you have questions or issues about filing a new or weekly unemployment claim, they should be able to assist you. We provide the contact information for the New York Unemployment Department below including the location, phone number and government website where you can find out how to file your claims, report fraud, find a job for employees and help businesses grow for employers. We also provide the information on how to file for NY unemployment online and file for unemployment over the phone.

If you lost your job at no fault of your own, then it is important to file your claim right away. Promptly file your claim, in the first week that you lose your job. You must serve an unpaid waiting period, equal to one full week of unemployment benefits, before you receive payments. A delay in filing may cost you benefits. At the time of filing you will need information including your Social Security number. Your driver license or Motor Vehicle ID card number (if you have either one). Your complete mailing address and zip code. A phone number where we can reach you from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday. Your Alien Registration card number (if you are not a U.S. Citizen and have a card). Names and addresses of all your employers for the last 18 months, including those in other states and more. To see if you are eligible to receive these benefits and what additional information is needed when applying, find out how to file your New York unemployment claim. As a reminder, unemployment insurance benefits are taxable. You must report any unemployment benefits you receive as part of your gross income on your taxes.

  • Unemployment Department Location
  • New York State Labor
    W Averell Harriman State Office Campus Building 12
    Albany, NY 12240

  • Unemployment Claim Phone Number
  • To file for NY unemployment benefits over the phone, call 888-209-8124.

  • Unempoyment Claim Online
  • The easist way to file your claim is through their online system. To file for NY unemployment online, click here.