How to apply for unemployment security

When you are an unemployed job seeker, unemployment security financially ensures your ability to apply for work and improves your chances of entering or returning to the labour market.

Register as a job seeker and start your job search on your first day of unemployment so that you can receive unemployment security right from the beginning of your unemployment.

After registering you will receive a labour policy statement stating whether you are eligible for unemployment security. If you are applying for unemployment security, you may receive a request for additional information before the statement is issued. 

You may receive an increase in your unemployment security if you participate in services promoting employment. You must agree on participation in the service with your expert either in the employment plan or an equivalent plan.

Unemployment security is paid by either the unemployment fund or Kela

When applying for unemployment security, first find out whether your unemployment benefit is paid by the unemployment fund or Kela. Various forms of unemployment benefits include earnings-related allowance, basic unemployment allowance, and labour market subsidy.

  • If you are a member of an unemployment fund through your trade union, for example, apply for earnings-related unemployment allowance from your fund.
  • If you are not a member of an unemployment fund, apply for basic unemployment allowance or labour market subsidy from Kela. 

If you have any questions about unemployment security, the experts at the unemployment security helpline will assist you.

More information

Register as a job seeker

You can easily register as an unemployed job seeker in the E-services of TE services.


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