The first thing you have to do is register with MDES Online Services.
Whether you want to file a claim to receive weekly unemployment benefits or to search for a new job, you must register first.
We cannot pay benefits for weeks before your claim effective date.
For more information, see Your claim is confidential.
Disclosure may be made to entities that manage and evaluate programs such as Social Security, Medicaid, nutrition assistance, and child support. Bank and government agencies with access to information must agree to comply with state and federal laws regarding the confidentiality of claim information.
We mail a notice of your claim to your last employer and may communicate with other former employers.
In Indiana (and throughout the country), unemployment benefits are meant to provide you with a temporary stream of income that helps you with daily living expenses until you are able to find a new job.
These funds come from a tax that employers must pay — called unemployment taxes — that are collected by the state and paid out to workers who have lost their job.
The State of Indiana can help you get by until you are hired at a new job by providing weekly unemployment payments.You’re here because you are unemployed and want to file a claim to receive your weekly unemployment benefits. This site is easy to use, and MDES is here to help you navigate the path to a new job and a new future. We’ll take you step-by-step through the process of filing a claim to receive your unemployment benefit.Part of the requirement for continuing to receive a weekly unemployment check is that you have to look for a job until you find one. But first you have to register to use our online services.However, we share some information with government agencies and their contractors for the administration and enforcement of laws, including verifying eligibility for public assistance, supporting law enforcement activities, and other purposes permitted by law.
Allowable uses of confidential information may include performing statistical analysis, research and evaluation.
The program is funded through unemployment taxes paid by employers.