Unemployment insurance is handled by state officials, and should only be handled by official UI offices. There are many third-party organizations that offer to assist individuals with filing a claim for Unemployment Insurance benefits. These organizations are often engaged unknowingly by individuals who use basic keyword searches in Google or other search engines. These websites, not affiliated with the state unemployment offices or the United States Department of Labor, often feature write-ups on unemployment insurance programs and law and interactive maps of the states.
Unemployment Insurance claimants should never enter personal information on these types of sites. The only bona fide website for filing an unemployment insurance claim is the official unemployment insurance office in your state. Those choosing to file a claim with their respective state will be redirected to a separate secure site with a web address beginning with “https” and is operated by their state.
There should never be a fee charged to file a claim for benefits and you should never be asked for your credit card information in order to file a claim. Please be sure you have contacted the correct website prior to entering any personal information. In short, be careful when you file for unemployment.