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Can unemployment insurance be claimed while on social

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Can unemployment insurance be claimed while on social security if a person is able to work? This is for the state of Illinois.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  lev-tax replied 1 year ago.

Unemployment benefits are paid to people who’ve lost their jobs and actively looking and available for a new job.

If the person applies for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits - that is an indication that person unable to work - and in this case woudl NOT qualify for unemployment benefits.
Regular social security benefits (not disability) woudl not prevent unemployment benefits.

However in Illinois - the social security offset reduces an individual’s weekly unemployment benefits by an amount equal to 50% of his/her social security retirement benefits.

So unemployment insurance CAN be claimed while on social security - but unemployment insurance benefits might be reduced if the person received social security benefits at the same time.

Expert:  lev-tax replied 1 year ago.

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