Job search is now a requirement for unemployment benefits in Alabama

ALABAMA (WHNT) — Alabama lawmakers on Wednesday passed a bill adding a new requirement for people receiving unemployment benefits in the state.

According to, the House passed the bill with a vote of 76-24. Republicans reportedly backed the bill while Democrats were against it.

Under the bill, anyone receiving unemployment compensation would be required to make “reasonable and active effort” to find work – a condition that already exists under state law. Alabama. The twist would now require people to contact at least three potential employers for each week they claim unemployment.

Proof of these efforts must be provided.

The three-contact-a-week rule is already a requirement for those living in Alabama’s four surrounding states.

According to the Alabama Department of Labor, random reviews would be performed on at least 5% of job search applications.

Currently, Alabama residents can collect up to $275 per week in unemployment benefits for up to 14 weeks. Anyone entering a qualified training program can benefit from an additional five weeks.

Lawmakers say the contact requirement doesn’t mean they’ll have to physically go to a business to fill out an application, but making efforts to find work by at least making phone calls or emails to employers could helping people re-enter the labor market sooner.

The bill, which has already received final approval in the Senate, will now head to the office of Governor Kay Ivey, who may sign it.


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