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Hawaii Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Program Description

Unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own that meet Hawaii's eligibility requirements.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Hawaii, have worked in the past 12 to 18 months, and have earned at least a minimum amount of wages as determined by our guidelines. You must also be able to work and available for work each week that you are collecting benefits.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information

In order to establish your unemployment insurance benefits or reopen an existing claim, call the telephone filing system, "Hawaii Tele-Claim." If you are in the State of Hawaii, call: 808-643-5555
If you are in another state, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, or Canada, call: 1-877-215-5793
If you cannot file your claim by telephone, you can report in-person to your nearest local office to file a claim in person. The addresses for the unemployment offices are on page 18 in the Unemployment Employers Manual:
If you do not have a touch-tone telephone or do not speak English, call Hawaii Tele-Claim and remain on the line for further instructions. If you are hearing-impaired, call your Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) and advise the TRS assistant to select Option 2 from the menu: 808-643-5555