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Old 06-04-2012, 03:22 PM
 
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Default Questions about unemployment and moving.

A couple quick questions. I'm planning to move out of state soon, and I'm wondering what I should do about my unemployment? A friend told me I should give my grandparents address here in Indiana so that I don't lose how much I'm getting in benefits, but that sounds like something that would get me in trouble when the unemployment folks figure it out. I'm going to be moving to Wisconsin. So how do I go about letting unemployment know I'm moving out of state, especially since I don't have an office near me that I can get to?

Also, since I plan to move soon I won't be looking for a job in my area anymore, but I won't be looking for a job in Wisconsin until after I move, so how do I go about handling claims during that time? I file online, so should I pick the "I don't wish to file a claim" option, or should I file and say I haven't been looking for a job? I don't know if saying I haven't looked for a job will get me in some kind of trouble, or if I simply won't be paid for that time since I'm not looking for work.
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Old 06-04-2012, 04:04 PM
 
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A couple quick questions. I'm planning to move out of state soon, and I'm wondering what I should do about my unemployment? A friend told me I should give my grandparents address here in Indiana so that I don't lose how much I'm getting in benefits, but that sounds like something that would get me in trouble when the unemployment folks figure it out. I'm going to be moving to Wisconsin. So how do I go about letting unemployment know I'm moving out of state, especially since I don't have an office near me that I can get to?
You can move. Your Indiana benefits will be paid no matter where you live. See FAQS:
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9. I want to move to another state. Can I still collect benefits?

Yes. Your benefits are not affected by resident state triggers if you move, only those applicable to your claiming state. You cannot, however, collect EB if your new resident state is not also paying EB. Both resident state and claiming state must be paying EB. If your resident state is not paying EB, your state will pay you two weeks EB and then cease.

Notify your state of your new address BEFORE you move. NYS, in particular, gets very upset if they are not notified. Also, unemployment mail is NOT forwarded. If you move without notifying your UE office, any correspondence sent will be returned to them. In addition, they may suspend your benefits.

Unemployment FAQs
This from the Indiana handbook:
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Interstate Claimants
The contents of this handbook apply to Indiana claims for those who live in the state. If you have moved out of Indiana, you must report to an unemployment insurance office in that state to register for work and change your address.
However, I don't recommend the above. There are no UI offices in WI to visit and register with other than the appeals office in the State Office Building in downtown Milwaukee, although we do have job search centers. I don't think either location will be helpful, but will, instead, complicate your claim. As a last resort, the State Office Bldg. in downtown Milwaukee is where I would go. Again, don't recommend it. Indiana will still be paying your benefits and all your claims will be made directly to Indiana as you normally do.

I suggest you do this, also from the IN handbook:
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What happens if I move?
If your address changes, you must notify DWD by one of three methodsóin writing, in person, or by changing your address online through Uplink, the unemployment insurance online filing system. Due to security reasons, changes of address cannot be done over the telephone.

http://www.in.gov/dwd/files/Claimant_Handbook.pdf
Also, I hope you've got direct deposit and can change that info online when the time comes.

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Also, since I plan to move soon I won't be looking for a job in my area anymore, but I won't be looking for a job in Wisconsin until after I move, so how do I go about handling claims during that time? I file online, so should I pick the "I don't wish to file a claim" option, or should I file and say I haven't been looking for a job? I don't know if saying I haven't looked for a job will get me in some kind of trouble, or if I simply won't be paid for that time since I'm not looking for work.
You are required to search for work in order to receive benefits. If you stop claiming for the weeks you are moving, Indiana will close your claim and not pay you. If you state "I haven't looked for a job" Indiana will either suspend or close your claim and not pay you.

After you have moved and have begun searching for work, contact Indiana about reopening your claim. Indiana will probably schedule an interview as to why you stopped searching for work and/or stopped claiming.

You could try to call IN before you move to notify them about suspending the claim.

If there is any way you can do online searches while you are moving so as not to interrupt your claim, I would recommend that, as reopening the claim may result in a few weeks delay or longer before benefits get rolling again. We've received complaints about long delays Indiana. I would suggest not complicating your claim if it isn't necessary.

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Old 06-04-2012, 06:01 PM
 
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I second the online job search. Start sending out resumes to employers in the new area. That will both satisfy the job search requirements and give you what could be a head start to finding a job in the new area!
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