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DLIR NEWS RELEASE: State Strongly Suggests Filing for Unemployment Benefits Online

Posted on Mar 16, 2020 in Latest Department News

HONOLULU — The Hawai‘i State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) today released information on filing claims for unemployment benefits online. Information is available at

“The safest, and most efficient way to apply for unemployment benefits is through our online system at,” said DLIR Director Scott Murakami. “There are many advantages for filing online. It’s fast and easy and once you’ve created an online account you will have access to your claim information and can perform most claim functions yourself.”

Online Services:

  • File claims and file weekly certifications
  • Claim inquiries
  • Receive email confirmations, instructions and important notices

Getting started involves creating an online account at You will need a valid email address in order to set up your account. Within a few minutes of creating your account, you will receive an email containing your temporary password. You can then return to to create a permanent password and proceed with filing.

To be best prepared, please have the contact information and dates of employment for all your employers over the past 18 months. The online system will prompt you through the filing process.  If benefits are payable, you must receive your payments by direct deposit.  You will need the following information when you apply for benefits:

  • Account type (savings or checking)
  • Financial institution routing number
  • Your account number

Before you submit your application, be sure to review all your answers thoroughly. After you file, you will be emailed a confirmation page that will provide further instructions for filing continued claim certifications, registering for work and meeting the eligibility requirements. Failing to read and follow the instructions may result in a delay in payment.

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Bill Kunstman
Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
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