How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits
First, visit your state's department of labor. Most states now allow people who have lost their jobs to apply online, so do a search for your state's department of labor and visit their website to see if you can apply online. If you can't apply online, you will have to visit an office near you. Most states have convenient offices in every county and more than one office in large metropolitan areas.
To apply, you will need your full name and social security number along with where you have worked in the past. It's best to keep track of the past three years of employment history, including your position, date of hire, date of termination, and immediate supervisor as well as the reason you left or were terminated from your job.
The department of labor will be able to determine if your employment history is correct by your social security number. When employers file their quarterly wage reports, they are required to submit your gross wages, name, and your social security number.
Even if you were fired from your job, you should still attempt to apply for unemployment benefits as some states, will allow fired employees to obtain unemployment insurance if the company they worked for can't prove the employee was fired for insubordination.