How To File for Unemployment in Indiana

As early as 2008, when CNN reported on the unemployment rates across the USA, Indiana was the 15th worst state in terms of unemployment. While the state is a highly industrial area, the economy here is driven by the automotive industry, parallel to that in Michigan.

Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development makes decisions regarding labor issues in the state. As Indiana’s processing center for unemployment, the department will accept and process form submitted or filed for the purpose of making an unemployment claim. These can be done online, or by submitting the forms in person.

  • Determine the most convenient way for you to file a claim. If you are submitting online, simply open a web browser and visit You can also call toll-free at (800) 891-6499 if you wish to ask for the location of the office nearest you.
  • Once you have accessed the DWD site, make your initial registration as a first-time user. Click “New User” and then proceed to enter your desired account information. Be sure to key in an appropriate password. Read the User Agreement and accept it. Before clicking “Next” make sure all your information is correct. The website will then confirm your registration.
  • Go to the Claimant Self-Service page. Enter your username and password on the login box and click “Logon.”
  • Key in the personal information required by the site. Choose the WorkOne center nearest your place. In case the DWD will require a personal appearance, you will have to visit this office as a claimant. Click “Next” to confirm the information and to go to the next page.
  • Click “Submit” as soon as you have completed your application. Your initial unemployment claim will then be submitted to the Indiana DWD. The system will send you a message stating if the claim has been successfully filed.
  • You will need to wait a week from filing to get feedback from the system. Login using your username and password, and complete the claim voucher. Answer the questions being asked, so that you can continue on with the site.
  • You will need to review any request for additional details. The system will also tell you in case you have been rejected. You might have to deliver documents via email or through regular mail or courier.

It’s best to establish a working relationship with a contact or counselor at your local DWD office. This will help you get better updates on your filing or any other matter relating to your unemployment claims. It’s often best if you can file claim vouchers consistently after your first week waiting period (unless you have been rejected).

In most cases, you should wait until the date at which you have last worked has passed, in order for you to have better chances at getting unemployment benefits.

Also, be sure to use your legal or formal name in applications, and not your nickname or any other alias. To be sure, follow what’s indicated on your social security ID.


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