What is Unemployment Insurance?
The unemployment insurance program pays cash benefits to some workers who are laid off or fired and who haven’t found another job or have found only a part-time job. The State of Vermont’s Department of Labor provides these benefits to persons who have worked in Vermont in the last 18 months. People often say they are “getting unemployment” when they get these benefits.
If you quit your job, you can get unemployment only if you quit because your employer mistreated you or did something else wrong. Usually you can’t get it if you have to stop working for personal reasons or because you are so sick that you cannot work. You may be able to get unemployment if you have to leave your job for a health reason but are still able to work.
Unemployment benefits usually last for up to 26 weeks.
You have to look for a job while you are getting unemployment benefits. You have to report to the Vermont Department of Labor (DOL) each week about your job search. You have to take a job you are offered if it matches your skills and experience. If you fail to do all of these things, your benefits will stop.