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Employees may not simultaneously collect unemployment benefits
in two different states. However, there is no law prohibiting an individual from collecting benefits from the state in which they worked and then moving to another state, provided they still otherwise meet the requirements for eligibility while in that other state (able and available to accept new work, actively seeking work, etc.) Many states also have reciprocity agreements with other states where by an employee can "transfer
" their unemployment claim to another state in order to facilitate its administration.
In short, while employees cannot simultaneously collect UI benefits in two states, thereby "doubling" the amount they receive, there is no law against filing in one state and then moving to another or against transferring one's claim to a different state, provided a reciprocity agreement so permits.
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