MONTGOMERY – As previously announced, ADOL will reinstate work search requirements for unemployment compensation recipients beginning January 1, 2021.

Earlier in 2020, when the Coronavirus pandemic began, ADOL waived the work search requirement for unemployment compensation recipients who became unemployed due to a pandemic related reason. Prior to the pandemic, a work search has always been required for anyone receiving unemployment compensation benefits.

Beginning on January 1, 2021, Alabamians who receive unemployment compensation benefits in any program will be required to submit evidence of a work search to ADOL. This includes those receiving benefits under the following programs: regular UC, PEUC, PUA, or the Alabama 5-week Training Extension program.  This applies to all recipients regardless of the reason for unemployment.

Recipients will be required to report AT LEAST one work search attempt per week.  These attempts can be reported online through the continued claims portal (need website) or via telephone when filing weekly certifications.

Employer name, address, date of contact, method of contact, and result of contact will be required information.  Online job applications will be counted as a valid work search contact.

You must be able and available to work and actively seeking full time work each week that you claim benefits. Keep a list of your weekly job contacts. You may be selected for an eligibility review at a later date and required to submit evidence of your work search. 

For job search assistance, recipients can always visit their local career center for résumé tips, job training, educational and vocational programs, and more. Find your local center HERE.


Members of the media seeking more information should contact Communications Director Tara Hutchison.

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