Reopen Your Claim

If you’ve had an active unemployment claim within the past 12 months, you don’t need to file a new claim — you can simply reopen your previous one.

There are currently two different unemployment benefits systems: one for traditional employees with W-2 wages (“regular unemployment”) and another for self-employed workers and independent contractors whose income has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (“Pandemic Unemployment Assistance”). Review the details below to make sure you select the appropriate system.

Reopen Your Claim Factsheet

Regular Unemployment

If you earned at least $2,500 in W-2 wages in the last 18 months, you would have filed a regular unemployment claim.

Before you reopen your previous claim, there’s a few things you should know:

  • The interface for reopening your previous claim is the same as for filing a new claim. Even if it looks like you are filing a new claim, please continue all the way through. After you enter your information, the system will find your previous claim.
  • You must tell us if you stopped working for any employer since the last time you requested payment.
    • Tell us even if you are expecting to go back to work again
    • Tell us even if it is the same employer as when you filed your original claim
    • Tell us even if it is a new employer you have not told us about before
  • If you filed a claim within the past 12 months, then returned to your previous employer, and now need to reopen your claim, answer YES when the system asks, “Did you work and leave a job that you need to tell us about?”

After you reopen your claim, you must request payment in order to receive your benefits. Your confirmation message will let you know when to request payment the first time. If you forget, you can log into your account on MyUI Claimant. Alternatively, you can check your claim status using the Virtual Assistant at After authenticating you, the Virtual Assistant will let you know when you should request payment. Your weekly benefit amount will remain the same as it was when you last requested payment.

Reopen Your Unemployment Claim

Reopen a Claim for Regular Claimants. Recent Payments Question. Did you work and leave a job that you need to tell us about? Yes or no? Did you move from move from one state to another? Yes or No?


Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

If you’re self-employed or are a gig worker or independent contractor (no W-2 wages) who has lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you would have filed a Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claim.

If you stopped requesting payment on your PUA claim, you can simply log into your PUA account and request payment again. If you’ve forgotten your password, please use the Forgot Password feature.

Log Into Your PUA Account

PUA Log In Screen