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you cant collect for the period that you received the servance pay - for instance, if you got the severance for the week after your left your job - you would not be able to claim that week as that would be considered earnings.
you should file for unemployment as soon as you become unemployed, but those weeks that the company paid you will not be included.
you must be able to work, available for work, willing to accept suitable work, actively seeking full time work, and be out of work due to no fault of your own for a claim to be postive
Isn't severance considered a personal benefit from the company ?
only if it is done in a package - for instance, if you are given a severance package which includes a lump sum payout - but if it is pay for two weeks notice, then no.