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Yes, you should almost certainly be eligible. Contrary to what many people believe, being fired does not disqualify someone from collecting unemployment. Only being fired for reasons constituting "misconduct" will generally result in disqualification. Misconduct is a rather high standard that requires establishing that the employee engaged in behavior with a willful or reckless disregard for the interests of their employer. Ordinary performance issues do not rise to this level. So, based on what you have described, unless you were somehow committing gross negligence which is not at all apparent from your facts, you were not fired for misconduct and should have no trouble getting approved for benefits.
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You actually apply for unemployment benefits online right here. Your employer will be notified and the unemployment office will ask your employer why you were let go. They will compare your statement to your employer's and determine whether, in consideration of all the evidence, you were terminated for misconduct. As noted above, it is very unlikely they will reach that conclusion. If you are denied benefits you w ll have a chance to appeal.
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