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Generally, when you quit a job to accept another you are not eligible for unemployment if you quit for no fault of the employer. In other words the employer did nothing that would have induced you to quit. However, if you quit to take another job, but are soon thereafter dismissed from the new employment, you can collect unemployment.
In your case you have not been dismissed from your new employment but, rather, you haven't been allowed to start working. You cannot collect unemployment in this instance. If you apply for unemployment, you will be denied and they may even charge you a penalty if you mistakenly collect for some time and they later find you should not have been paid. Looking for another job will not help you in this instance either because you quit your prior employment for no cause of the employer. If you ultimately are denied this new employment because of the security check, you would be eligible for unemployment. But in the meantime there is no recourse for you.
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