Your Work Search Responsibilities

To receive unemployment insurance benefits,  you must seek work with at least three potential employers each week and maintain a detailed and verifiable record of your work search. If you cannot prove you looked for work, you may be considered overpaid and required to repay benefits.

  • You must look for work that meets your skills and needs. 
  • You must keep a detailed record of your work search activities and save this information. A blank form will be mailed to you or you can download a Work Search Record from the DES website.
  • Your records will be reviewed in person while you are receiving benefits and may be audited even after you stop filing for unemployment benefits. You should maintain these records for five years after filing your unemployment claim. 
  • Your inability to prove you looked for work during each week claimed may result in a denial, delayed payment or overpayment of benefits.
  • More detailed information regarding your work search responsibilities can be found in the Work Search Frequently Asked Questions.