If you’ve been laid off from your job you may be entitled to collect unemployment benefits while looking for a new job opportunity.
Unemployment compensation is paid by the State and Federal Government to workers who’ve become unemployed through no fault of their own.
The United States Department of Labor provides a fact sheet on unemployment benefits that describes the program and eligibility. Unemployment benefits are administered by the States and the District of Columbia. You’ll have to contact your state unemployment office to initiate a claim for benefits.
The CareerOneStop site provides a listing of State offices as well as resources for fiinding new employment.
If you’re eligible for benefits remember that they are temporary and that you’ll be expected to actively search for work while receiving them.