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Typically when an employee resigns, they will be disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits. This is because one of the requirements for receiving benefits is that the claimant be unemployed "through no fault of their own." When an individual resigns, they are generally regarded as unemployed "through fault," since they made the voluntary decision to become unemployed.
However, an exception to this general rule exists where the claimant can demonstrate that no reasonable person genuinely desirous of remaining employed would have done so under the circumstances. In this case, the employee will be determined to have quit with "good cause" and thus will be approved for benefits. A significant change in schedule can qualify as good cause to quit. However, these things are judged on a case by case basis and so it is impossible to predict specific results.
Quitting, therefore, is a calculated risk, and in most cases, it makes more sense to look for another job now and quit only once you have secured another job. That way you do not have to take the chance that you will quit, be denied benefits and have no way to support yourself. Studies have also shown that it is easier to find a new job if you are already employed. It has somethign to do with employers wanting to hire people whom they perceive to be "in demand." Of course, how you choose to proceed is up to you.
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