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Filing for Unemployment

The library has set up a computer at the Community Development Commission Office in the Winamac town complex for use by community members who need to file for unemployment benefits.

Even though the library building is currently closed, we want to ensure that members of the public still have access to the resources they need.

Using the computer is free and does not require a library card – all we ask is that you give us a call at 946-3432 to reserve a time slot.  You do not need to provide your name, but we do at least need a phone number or some method to contact you if the computer ends up being unavailable.

The computer is set up with single-use mouse and keyboard covers to help protect against the spread of Covid-19. Users are still encouraged to wear masks and wash their hands before and after using the computer.

The CDC Office is located at 623 West Eleventh Street, Winamac, IN 46996.

If you or someone you know needs to file for unemployment benefits but does not have access to a computer, please keep this option in mind. If you do have access to a computer of your own, you can file at https://www.in.gov/dwd/3474.htm

Note that the unemployment website has been seeing high usage and may be down for some periods of time.  The Indiana Department of Workforce Development has stated that Sundays and Mondays are their busiest filing days.  If you can wait until later in the week to file your voucher, you may have a more seamless experience.

The CARES Act Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) creates a temporary federal unemployment insurance program for individuals not otherwise eligible for UI benefits, including the self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers, those seeking part-time employment, and individuals lacking sufficient work history but who would be able to work and looking for work were it not due to COVID-19. Learn more at https://www.in.gov/dwd/dua.htm

To file for unemployment, you will need a number of pieces of information.  These may include:

  • A valid email address and a password you can use for Uplink, the unemployment insurance online filing system (your claim will not be processed without a valid email address);
  • Your complete name, date of birth, and address, including zip code;
  • Your Social Security number (your claim will not be processed without it);
  • Driver’s license or state identification card;
  • Name, address, and telephone number of all your employers for the last 2 years;
  • Dates worked (start and end dates) for all your employers for the last 2 years;
  • The reason you are no longer employed by all of your employers for the last two years;
  • Check stubs for your current or most recent employer(s);
  • Information about your pension, retirement, 401(K), or other payments;
  • If you have received or will receive any type of pay other than regular wages (such as vacation pay, severance pay, PTO pay-outs) from your current or most recent employer(s), information about the amount(s) of money you have received or will receive;
  • If you have had out of state employment in the last two years, the state where you physically worked and your employer’s payroll address;
  • If you are a member of a union hiring hall, information about your hiring hall and your “dues paid through date”; and,
  • If you received Worker’s Compensation, information about the date of your injury.

Note that it may take up to three weeks after applying to receive your benefits.