Can you get unemployment benefits if you left your job for another and new company shut down?

I was offered a job for a construction company and left my job of 2 years because I was offered double the pay. The construction project was postponed and eventually cancelled. The construction company is in business but owner has no work. Would I be able to get unemployment benefits? I have a phone interview next week. Please, only serious answers.

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8 Responses to “Can you get unemployment benefits if you left your job for another and new company shut down?”

  1. ♥ Princess* *Rachael ♥ says:

    if you are unemployed you may claim job seekers allowance but if you are legally employed by this company whether they have work for you or not then no sorry.
    if they have no work for you i would leave the job and sign on until you find another job.

  2. WRG says:

    In the US, if you were never employed by the new company the answer is most likely, no.

  3. In Michigan says:

    You should be able to claim unemployment due to your employer shut down, and unemployment will ask you for work history and they may go after your old employer for benefits, If the old employer doesnt feel that you should get any unemployment from them, they have a right to appeal it, So if i was you i would apply for unemployment, its a 50/50 chance and if don’t get it you’ll know why, its worth a shot, :-) Good Luck

  4. Depp fan says:

    Did you get the offer of employment in writing? If not, I don’t think you can. You need to prove the construction company hired you.

  5. HRmom says:

    Possibly, but a few variables must be answered first. Did you ever actually begin employment for that other company? If not, it’s possible your claim for unemployment could be denied because you were never on the other company’s payroll. If you did begin with them, however, and were laid off, you should have no problem receiving benefits. Your old employer would likely get the charge to their account for your unemployment and they could dispute it since you voluntarily left them. However, their dispute only goes towards whether or not the money goes against their account or not, it doesn’t have any bearing on you being able to get benefits. For example, if an employee quit my company and went to another job, only to be laid off in 2 months, I would get a notice that he filed an unemployment claim and that my company would be responsible for 100% (most likely) of the claim against our account. I would challenge that, saying that the employee voluntarily left our company and I would most likely win. All that would do would stop the charge from being applied to our account. It would not stop the employee who was laid off from rightfully receiving his benefits.

    I hope that made some sense. :) Anyway, if you worked at the second job, even for a brief time, you should be fine. If you didn’t and they canceled their offer to you before you were able to begin, but after you already left your other job, make sure to explain all of that to the EDD office when applying for benefits. If you have any documentation of this happening, that will be a big help to you as well.

    Good luck to you!

  6. dmyers7us says:

    Generally you can only receive unemployment if you were terminated or laid off from your most recent employer, i.e. not a good fit for the position; downsizing, etc. In some cases you would be eligible for unemployment if you left your previous employer for specific reasons, perhaps you were in an hostile work environment or some such reason. Unfortunately when you leave your employer for a new job you are generally not eligible for unemployment benefits. In this case you left your former employer and the new employer’s job didn’t pan out but you hadn’t worked for the new employer long enough or earned the minimum of what the unemployment office requires for you to be eligible for benefits. However, speak with the unemployment office anyway and see if there are any options for you. Best of luck!

  7. Judy says:

    If you were an employee both places, generally yes you’d be eligible.

  8. Anna K. P says:

    Although specific eligibility requirements vary from state to state, most states have the same basic standards for collecting unemployment benefits. They include:

    -You must be unemployed or working less than full time
    -You must meet certain income requirements
    -You must be ready, willing, and able to work
    -You must have involuntarily left your job

    In general, you won’t be eligible for benefits if:

    -You quit your job simply because you didn’t like it
    -You’re fired for committing a crime (e.g., stealing)
    -You’ve never worked before

    In your situation, it seems to be qualified, but I’d recommend you to go ahead and call your local unemployment office, and get a clear answer.